Chandigarh: An NGO on Wednesday filed a complaint
with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) alleging
foul play in the death of a research scholar of Punjab
According to the NGO Students` Human Rights Network
(SHRN), a 25-year-old woman, who had recently done her PhD,
was allegedly murdered by her family members on July 24 at
Chamkaur Sahib town, about 75 km from here, after they came to
know of her love affair with a boy from a backward class.
"We have received a complaint from the NGO and it has
been admitted. The case will be taken up for hearing
tomorrow," a PSHRC official said.
"The complaint also stated that the woman had shared her
fears with her hostel friends apprehending that she would be
eliminated by her parents as they were strongly against her
relationship with the boy," the official said.
The victim, who had got a lecturer`s job at a private
college here, had gone to her home town on Saturday and
informed her parents about her plans of marrying the boy, the
NGO stated in the complaint.
The NGO has demanded a probe into the matter and
registration of case against the woman`s family members,
according to whom she died of a heart attack.
"It is a case of horror killing. The girl feared that she
would be harmed because her relationship was not approved by
her parents. She did not have any history of heart ailment.
Moreover, she was not taken to any hospital nor was any doctor
called to her home to check her," SHRN president Deepika Gupta
told reporters here.
She alleged that the young woman could have been poisoned