A 23-year-old woman was assaulted and stabbed to death near her Dwarka home by a man whose advances she had rejected earlier.
According to police, Dolly Babbar was stabbed at least six times and was found lying in a pool of blood on Monday night.
Her family said the main accused had threatened her with a pistol earlier too.
CCTV footage showed three men standing with the woman; one of them then began stabbing her while the others watched. The family alleged many residents heard the woman’s screams but none helped her.
No arrest has been made so far and police are conducting raids to arrest the accused.
Babbar worked as a freelancer with event management companies and told her family on Monday night that she was going out to attend a birthday party.
Around 2 am, a delivery executive was passing through the colony when he saw the injured woman and called the police.
“We received a call about a woman lying on the road. We reached the spot and found her with multiple stab wounds. The men had fled. We informed the family and rushed the woman to a hospital, where she was declared dead. We spoke to neighbours who said they had seen a man, identified as Ankit Gaba (25), attacking her with a knife. We were told he had proposed to her earlier,” said a senior police officer.
Lakshay, her younger brother, said, “She had informed one of her friends that Ankit threatened her with a gun. I wish we could have reached earlier. We were sleeping when the police informed us. I saw her lying on the road. There were many people but nobody helped. Dolly didi wanted to start her event management work again. She was friendly and treated them (the accused) like brothers.”
Her cousin Sanjana said Ankit had approached Babbar several times in the past, but she “wasn’t interested”. “They have known each other since childhood. He is involved with local gangs and had been threatening her,” she said.
Her mother, Meena, said, “I wish I had stopped her from going outside. She was young and bright. Due to the lockdown, she had lost contracts, but was starting to get work again. I was happy and hopeful; she was running this house. Her father drives an autorickshaw; who will help us now? I just want justice for my daughter.”
Shankar Chaudhary,DCP (Dwarka), said, “We have sent multiple teams to arrest the three accused. A case of murder has been registered. We are questioning her family and neighbours.”
At the locality, Om Vihar in Dwarka’s Bindapur, residents alleged there is no police deployment. “We have complained to the police several times but nobody listens. Last night, I heard the woman’s screams and saw the three boys but they fled by the time police came,” said Anita, who lives in an apartment next to the spot.