Anwar kin look at legal options

The woman has not even lodged a complaint herself. She hasn’t even claimed that he raped her.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 20, 2013 1:26 am

As Khurshid Anwar’s last rites were being performed on Thursday,his brother Dr Ali Javed said the family was consulting lawyers to move against those who “harassed Anwar to the point that he took his life”.

“We will not let this pass. We will take appropriate legal action against the people responsible. The woman has not even lodged a complaint herself. She hasn’t even claimed that he raped her. Yet,some people have already conducted a trial,harassed Anwar to the point that he took his own life,” Javed said.

He said the family was consulting lawyers on the course of action. Anwar’s wife Meenakshi Sundriyal,who teaches in JNU,declined comment.

On December 17,the day he was booked for rape,Anwar had filed a defamation case against four persons,including the SHO of Vasant Kunj (North). On Thursday,Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha admitted the plea and directed the petitioner to re-appear on April 1,2014,for pre-summoning evidence. Falak Mohd Meo,the lawyer hired by Anwar’s family,said: “His legal heir will have to an file authority letter to fight the case on his behalf. Our complaint is already in possession of senior police officers,including the DCP (South) and the Delhi Police Commissioner. We had filed it as soon as the allegations surfaced.”

On Thursday morning,Anwar’s family along with friends and some members of the CPI gathered at the electric crematorium for the last rites. Though born a Muslim,Anwar was an atheist. “It was his wish that he not be buried,but cremated. This is testimony to the fact that he fought for secularism throughout his life,” a friend said.

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