Nearly six months after 29-nine-year-old Neha Yadav was set on fire in Sagarpur, allegedly by her in-laws for dowry, four persons arrested earlier in connection to the case are now out on bail while the former Delhi minister who had take up Neha’s case plans to approach Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to “bring justice” to the woman’s family.
On January 13, Neha, a resident of Sagarpur, West Delhi, was rushed to the hospital, badly burned on her neck, chest and waist. She had been set on fire allegedly by her brother-in-law Rajbir and his wife Reena.
The incident had grabbed headlines after former Delhi Women and Child Welfare Minister Rakhi Birla, who is an Aam Aadmi Party MLA, had visited Sagarpur and demanded that the accused be arrested immediately – a request which was allegedly turned down by the SHO of the area.
Following this, AAP chief and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had staged a protest outside Rail Bhawan, demanding action against the police officers.
Six months later, as the news of Neha’s death came to her, Birla claims that she will bring justice to her family. After meeting her parents, Birla plans to meet the Delhi Police Commissioner regarding the case. “I came to know that Neha had passed away the same day, on July 3. I wanted to go to her house but I was told that her body had been taken away to their village and, so, I could not go. After meeting with her parents tomorrow, we will go to the Police Commissioner for speedy investigation of the case. We will even approach the Home Minister Rajnath Singh if there is a need,” she said.
When asked if she had been in touch with Neha and her family since the incident, Birla said, “From the day I got involved in the case, I had told the doctors treating her and the police officers investigating the case that it should not be treated carelessly. I had given my contact details to Neha’s family, telling them to get in touch with me if there is any need. However, they never called me. But I spoke to her father today and two days ago.”
Meanwhile, the AAP, in an official statement, criticised the police action in the case. “The police had promised a fair and speedy investigation, but more than six months have passed since then, the police are yet to complete their investigation and file the chargesheet. The Aam Aadmi Party demands action against the negligent police officials…,” the statement read.