STILL IN a shock after learning that her son allegedly murdered Goa-based perfumer Monika Ghurde, Raj Kumar Singh’s mother Reshma on Friday said the family is not in a financial condition to fight a legal battle.
The family did not even know that Singh, 21, had landed a job as a watchman at an apartment complex in Sangolda, Goa, where he is accused of killing Ghurde, 39, on October 5 after torturing and sexually abusing her. “He was not in touch with us for a long time; neither did he send money home,” Reshma, 42, said.
According to his uncle Munshi Ram, Singh had left home in 2013 without informing anyone. He called up months later to inform he was living in Mumbai, he added.
Singh’s family lives in a one-room kucha house in Malkana village of Punjab’s Bathinda district. Reshma said she and her husband, Gurmeet Singh, 45, work as daily wage labourers.
She said, “Raj lived at my parents’ house in Chakerkhera village, in Haryana’s Dabwali district, from his childhood, and visited us only during his holidays. The last time he had come home was four years back.”
Three of Singh’s siblings stay with his parents.
Stating that it is a heinous crime and Singh should be punished as per law if he is found guilty, Munshi Ram said, “Raj had left the village (in Haryana) along with a friend in 2013. The two went to Delhi and spent the night at the railway station. His friend found Raj missing from the station in the morning and returned home,” Munshi Ram said.