The family and fiancé of acid attack victim, Gulista, who died on Sunday morning demanded the arrest of the remaining accused in the case.
Gulista got engaged to Danish, a man from Khurja, a couple of days before she was subjected to an acid attack, on March 21. Danish visited her frequently at the hospital and assured her that he would marry her.
After the arrest of prime accused, Shahrukh, the police had come across a CCTV camera footage in which two more men were seen riding a bike and escaping the scene of the crime on the night of the incident. While Shahrukh was arrested on April 5, the two others are yet to be nabbed.
However, the police claim that Shahrukh was the only person involved in the acid attack case. “The two men on the bike were not related to the attack and were just two youngsters who were moving around in the locality that night. Shahrukh is the only accused and we will file a chargesheet against him soon,” said Rajesh Kumar Singh, circle officer (I).
Gulista’s mother stayed put at the hospital by her side for 45 days before the acid attack victim died on Sunday morning. Her mother and father returned home with the body on Sunday afternoon.
“She (her mother) went along with her in an ambulance after the attack and returned in an ambulance with our daughter’s body. It was painful to look at the grieving mother who had made all plans for Gulista’s wedding in May. Her mother could not even fully celebrate the wedding of our elder daughter as Gulista was attacked within four days of the function,” said Jameel Qureshi, Gulista’s father.
“She often told me she wished to get well and return home. She often asked about everyone at home and wanted to meet them, but we could not fulfil her last wish,” her mother said.
“In the hospital, her mother and I had a conversation about Gulista’s marital prospects as she was completely disfigured. But Gulista later told her mother that Danish was willing to marry her,” Qureshi said.
Danish also accompanied Gulista’s mother in the ambulance. “My decision to marry her did not change despite her condition. She was happy with the decision. However, she had become too weak and she could hardly even eat. She was surviving on a liquid diet. Now, we just want the remaining accused to be arrested and justice ensured,” Danish said.
“The police have failed to track the two persons and made no headway even after arresting Shahrukh. Although she got disfigured, we still gave a nod for her post-mortem examination to strengthen our case and other legal procedures. The two accused are yet to be nabbed,” said Zahid, Gulista’s younger brother.