Father got angry after seeing girl’s friend in house
Nineteen-year-old Tabassum Shah’s family claims that her father did not intend to kill her and acted in a fit of rage after he saw Imran Shaikh in the house late in the night.mumbai Updated: Apr 25, 2012 01:22 IST
Nineteen-year-old Tabassum Shah’s family claims that her father did not intend to kill her and acted in a fit of rage after he saw Imran Shaikh in the house late in the night.
“The entire family was looking forward to going to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday to look for prospective grooms for Tabassum. But today, my daughter is dead and my husband is behind bars,” said Shakila Khatun, 38, the victim’s mother.
Shakila told HT: “My husband has never raised his hand on any of our four children. In fact, on Friday, he got Tabassum bangles and a salwar kameez worth Rs. 700 that she had been eyeing.”
However, the police say that Mohammad Shah, 45, killed his daughter after she refused to go to UP.
According to the police, Tabassum was having an affair with Imran, 21, who belongs to another sub-caste. Imran was living in a flat rented by his uncle.
Mohammad is the owner of the flat, the police said.
Shakila claims that her husband lost his cool after he saw Imran and Tabassum together in the house. She said: “My husband returned from work around 11.30pm. We were all asleep when we heard him shouting. He was furious as Imran had entered our house. While Imran escaped, my husband, in anger, hit Tabassum’s head on the wall. But he did not intend to kill her. Which father would kill his own daughter?”
Another relative present in the house said, “We regret the day we rented the house to Imran’s uncle. Imran would spend the whole day peeping into our house, which is located on the opposite side.”
The police said they allowed the family to carry out the burial as there were no external injuries on the girl’s body. Mohammad had even tried to mislead them by saying that Tabassum had died due to TB.
“The initial post-mortem report withheld the cause of death. On Sunday night, we got the report saying that the girl had been hit on the head. We then called the father for questioning,” said RS Agarwal, senior inspector, Shivaji Nagar police.
Shah could not provide any evidence to prove she was undergoing treatment and later confessed to having killed her, Agarwal said.
He was arrested on charges of murder and causing disappearance of evidence.