Woman found raped, murdered in northwest Delhi was an aspiring fashion designer

The juvenile is the victim’s neighbour. “We have seen him so many times and never imagined he could do this to her,” the father said.

Written by Abhishek Angad | Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2015 12:56 pm
rape, murder, woman rape, woman murder, designer rape and murder, delhi police, crime against women, delhi news The woman’s sketchbooks. Her father said she had pursued fashion technology. (Amit Mehra )

The 25-year-old woman, found raped and strangled in a jungle in Northwest Delhi on Saturday, had started a new job 20 days ago. With pride in their eyes, her parents said she would have earned Rs 15,000 a month.

They also spoke of how she was passionate about fashion designing, of which the numerous sketches in her notebooks are a testament. They were even on the lookout for prospective grooms for their youngest child. All their dreams now lie shattered.

Her parents had left for Uttar Pradesh on November 19 to find a match. The woman was to meet him on December 6. “She probably would have liked him and we would have got her engaged. But what is the point of talking about her now,” said the 60-year-old father.

Her room, which is in disarray, shows signs of the struggle that took place. A single gas stove lies in a corner while her clothes are strewn over the floor. In her hand-bang is the Hindi translation of the Bible. Between the pages are train tickets of a journey in 2014 and a few contact cards of the fashion boutique stores.
On a shelf is her sketch book with drawings of dresses. One of them is of a bridal outfit. The father said she had pursued a one year vocational course in fashion technology from Allahabad in 2012 and another from Noida in 2013.

He added that his daughter was ambitious and worked very hard for her career. “Many years ago, I sold my house in the colony to educate my children,” he said. The father works in a paintbrush manufacturing factory in Bawana while the mother is a housewife. They have two sons who work in Abu Dhabi.

“She once said she wants to go to Allahabad to study. We were scared to send her away but she assured us that she wouldn’t let us down,” said the father.

According to police, the incident took place between 2 and 3 am Saturday. Two persons, including a juvenile, had scaled the wall from the adjoining house and broken into her house. “She slept in a room on the first floor. The room did not have a proper lock, which the accused took advantage of,” said the father.

Police said the accused first used chloroform to render the woman unconscious and then raped her. “However, she regained her senses and resisted the assault, following which one of the accused strangled her,” said DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh.

The juvenile is the victim’s neighbour. “We have seen him so many times and never imagined he could do this to her,” the father added.

Recounting the day of the incident, the father said the woman did not respond to his calls. “When her phone remained switched off for a long time, I sensed something was wrong,” he said. He informed his relatives in Delhi and they began to look for her.

A neighbour reportedly saw the woman, unconscious and being carried by a man in the early hours of Saturday. “The neighbour thought she was unwell and being taken to hospital and did not raise an alarm,” said the father. Relatives then checked in two hospitals, but could not find her.

The family then registered a complaint at the Bhalswa Dairy police station and continued their search. “We decided to look for her in the forest as well. After an extensive search, we found her clothes hanging on a branch. Below it was her body,” said a cousin.

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    outraged
    Dec 2, 2015 at 9:57 am
    What is Kejriwal doing? Has he been only elected to call others corrupt and communal or will he do something
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      Adrian Akau
      Dec 2, 2015 at 10:25 pm
      Cows are given much better protection than women.
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      1. Dhwaraswamy Somasekharan
        Dec 2, 2015 at 8:26 am
        So brutal !! should not spare this -s, they should never ever see sun light again in their life, be it a juvenile !
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        1. Ashutosh Shukla
          Dec 2, 2015 at 8:32 am
          Another juvenile- tried and put in protection home and after that released under observation. Modiji in our country we have 65 crores young person only to rape and live. High time we need to do something to put a fear of law and land into the minds of these juveniles. Interesting to see the 14 letter in the caption to be juvenile- is the reporter trying to say something or is this his sarcasm - perhaps time to ponder. If a person is physically capable of doing a crime then why he cant be punished. His hormones are raging and male appendage capable of performing the act which is supposed to be after 18 years of age- then some thing is wrong with the law. When will we correct a serious wrong and set thing right - perhaps after a few dozen more rapes or may be till one of the ministers g daughter get raped by a juvenile . Wake up -act before you are annihilated.
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            Rajesh
            Dec 2, 2015 at 6:02 am
            We must hang juveniles. Instead we are about release Mohammed Afroz, the Delhi gang rapist.
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