Koderma (Jharkhand): A local court today
directed police to file a case of rape and abetment to suicide
against the journalist-boyfriend of Delhi-based scribe
Nirupama Pathak, an alleged victim of "honour killing",
following charges levelled by her arrested mother.
Taking cognisance of Subha Pathak`s petition, the Chief
Judicial Magistrate N K Agarwal asked Tilaya police to file
the FIR under IPC Sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 376
(rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 420 (cheating) against
Priyabhanshu Ranjan. All the sections are non-bailable.
The court also allowed a petition of the police to take
Subha in police remand for three days from judicial custody
from May 9.
22-year-old Pathak, who was working for a business daily
in Delhi, was found dead on April 29 in her parents` house in
Tilaya in Koderma district under mysterious circumstances.
Subha alleged that it was a case of suicide. However,
the post-mortem report revealed that Pathak died due to
asphyxia as a result of smothering. A 10 to 12 week-old foetus
was also found during the autopsy.
Suspecting the death to be a case of honour killing,
the police had arrested Subha.
Nirupama and Ranjan were planning to get married but her
parents did not approve of the match because of his lower
caste. They were batchmates from the Indian Institute of Mass
Communication in New Delhi.