Aspiring air hostess stabbed to death: Brother remembers her last words — don’t let my killer live

Riya had just finished a year-long course at the Frankfinn Institute in Laxmi Nagar and aspired to be an air hostess. She was also studying BA (Programme - Correspondence) at Delhi University.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published:July 7, 2017 4:38 am
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IT WAS a dull Wednesday afternoon and 26-year-old Komal was enjoying her siesta, when she was suddenly woken up to the news of Riya, her younger sister, being stabbed. Thursday morning, the 21-year-old was cremated, and the otherwise quiet home of the Gautams of Ram Nagar Extension had turned into a house of grief.

From a distance, the sound of women wailing could be heard, and a sea of people — mostly neighbours — thronged the area, shocked and shaken. “My mother and I were home, in another room. Riya didn’t tell us she was going out. She probably went to buy Maggi or badaam,” says Komal, as she recalls rushing to the spot where her sister was lay, covered in blood.

Riya had just finished a year-long course at the Frankfinn Institute in Laxmi Nagar and aspired to be an air hostess. She was also studying BA (Programme – Correspondence) at Delhi University. “She had a few job interviews lined up too,” informs family friend Priya Thakur.

After short intervals, Riya’s mother’s wails grow louder and angrier, even as neighbours and relatives console the mother of four. In a CCTV footage released by the police, the accused is seen slapping her mercilessly, as she takes shelter in a shop, with him running behind her with a knife. “There were so many people… she must have screamed too but no one helped her. No one tried to save her,” laments Komal.

“I got a call at around 5.30 pm from a friend about the incident. I rushed to the hospital, thinking it would be minor injuries, and then I saw her condition – a missing thumb, blood around the neck, stomach…,” says Ashish, her brother, as he fights back tears. Late at night, she passed away due to excessive blood loss, even though the brothers had donated several bottles of blood to Riya. “Jab main mila hospital mein, who hosh mein thi. Usne bola ‘bhaiya, issko zinda matt chhorna, isse jaan se maarna…bahut galat kiya hai isne mere saath,” says Ashish. He now awaits strict against Adil.

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  1. A
    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    This pig masqueraded himself as a hindu guy and but some how the real iden y was revealed and the girl rejected this could have been a classic case of love jihad.....well hindu parents should counsel their daughters against this evil......
    1. P
      Jul 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm
      why are Muslims always the perpetrators?this degree of barbarism can be only displayed by Muslims.all the Hindu girls please beware from Muslims!
      1. S
        Jul 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
        we have to shoot him and where are they so called civil society, where the English news papers and so opposition parties so called secularist ??
        1. A
          Arvind Gupta
          Jul 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm
          its true where is award vapasi gang where is Not In My Name gang
        2. A
          Arvind Gupta
          Jul 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
          इतनी बडी कहानी तो लिख दी मगर कातिल का नाम नही लिखा क्या इसलिये वो मुस्लिम है अगर लडकी मुस्लिम और लडका हिंदु होता तो सब शुरु हो चुके होते फिर होता एक और Not In My Name शुरु हो चुका होता
          1. J
            Jai hind
            Jul 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
            Sorry where did it mmention that the guy is,y s muslim ? I dont see such lines what mention ny name
            1. H
              Jul 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm
              attempted Love jhad gone awry . If things went smooth it would have been another succesful love jhad.
              1. C
                Champa Bai
                Jul 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm
                Delhi again........fear of law and order has completely vanished now...its total jungle law.......survival of est
                1. L
                  Logic Induction
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 11:25 am
                  Urban crimes have many shades.
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