AAP leader and former Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla, who had in January taken up the case of Neha Yadav by protesting outside her in-laws’ house in Sagarpur alleging negligence by police, on Tuesday met her parents at their home in West Delhi and offered full support to bring her justice.
Six months after she was allegedly set afire by her in-laws, 29-year-old Neha died on July 2 following multiple organ failure caused by burn injuries.
On January 13, Neha was rushed to 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 Birla visited Sagarpur and demanded that the accused be arrested immediately – a request which was allegedly turned down by the area SHO.
Following this, AAP chief and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had staged a protest outside Rail Bhawan, demanding action against the police officer.
“I will continue to fight for justice for Neha. Till the family is not granted justice, I will do everything that is possible,” Birla said on Tuesday.
The assurance came after Neha’s parents asked the AAP leader to do everything in her capacity to ensure speedy justice. “She was our only daughter. Nothing can replace the loss. But we plead that you take up the case and fight for my daughter’s justice,” Maya, her mother, said.
Reaffirming her support, Birla said, “I will take up the case with the police chief and the Union home minister. If that is not enough, then I will meet the prime minister as well as the president and request them that justice be done to the family.”
She told Newsline that she would also take up the issue with Kejriwal. She also promised the family all support once court proceedings start. “You can contact me anytime. If you want any help regarding lawyers to defend the case, I will extend all my support,” she said.
Neha’s family also requested the AAP leader to help them get compensation. “How long can we, on our own, financially take care of the children. The children need education in order to stand on their own. Please help them get financial compensation either from the courts or the government,” Virender Yadav, Neha’s father, said.