New Delhi: Fellow journalists and friends
of scribe Nirupama Pathak, who was allegedly murdered by her
family members, on Saturday undertook a silent protest march here
and demanded the case be transferred to the CBI.
Members of Press Club of India, Indian Women Press
Corp, Justice for Nirupama Campaign and IIMC Alumni
Association carried out a protest march to the Home Ministry
and submitted a memorandum addressed to Home Minister P
They said the death of Nirupama could be case of
"honour killing" as her parents were opposed to her love
affair with Priyabhanshu Ranjan, a boy from a different caste.
Though her family in Koderma in Jharkhand has claimed
that it was a case of suicide, the autopsy report has
indicated that she was smothered to death.
The journalists have alleged that local police have
been "callous and prejudiced" in this matter. The police are
under pressure from political parties, the journalists alleged
in the memorandum.
National Commission for Women (NCW) will send a team
to Koderma on Monday to investigate the matter. Its
chairperson Girija Vyas said the matter should be tried
in fast-track court for expeditious adjudication.