Showing posts with label New Delhi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Delhi. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The tragic death of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Jyoti Singh Pandey
Jyoti Singh Pandey was a 23 old woman from New Delhi, India with a big heart and even bigger dreams. However, on a cold December night in 2012 that all came to an end, as Pandey became a victim of one of the most gruesome crimes the country of India has ever seen--gang rape. 

Around 9:30 pm on December 16, 2012 Jyoti Singh Pandey and her friend Awindra Pratap Pandey were walking home after watching the movie Life of Pi in the Saket area of New Delhi, India. Without hesitation, they decided to board a bus. There were a total of 5 men on the bus, with 6 men including the driver and now 7, including Awindra Pandey. 

Shortly after they boarded the bus, Awindra grew incredibly suspicious because the bus started going into an opposite direction and the doors closed immediately after. When Awindra confronted the men with his suspicions they began to taunt him and Jyoti. As the banter continued, the men began to beat Awindra with a rusty iron rod. He was beaten so badly he was knocked completely unconscious. 

In efforts to escape, Jyoti was dragged against her will to the rear end area of the bus. They proceeded to beat her with that same iron rod (which was a rusted wheel jack handle) shortly before raping her. As the bus driver continued to drive, they began to take their perversion to the next level by inserting that same rod into vagina. During this time Awindra tried to fight them after he gained consciousness and they started to beat him until he was knocked out again.

Jyoti Pandey was beaten so badly she was unrecognizable, she was raped to the level that her intestines were hanging out of her body, and tortured so horribly she was put into a coma days after the crime. As she continued to bleed, these savages continued to brag about what they have done before throwing her and her friend Awindra off the bus as it was moving. As both continued to fight for their lives, Jyoti was able to tell the cops some of things that happened to her. 

However, after days of fighting, she underwent a series of surgeries to correct her injuries including removal of her remaining intestine. She suffered a series of complications including pneumonia and stomach infections shortly before she was declared brain dead. And due to her injuries, Jyoti Singh Pandey tragically lost her life on December 29, 2012. 

And 24 hours after the crime was reported, the police were actually able to trace the suspects. They included Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh Singh (the bus driver) from South Delhi, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta from Uttar Pradesh, Ashkay Thakur of New Delhi. Raju Singh, who was a minor at the time of the crime was never fully charged for his part, as he was only 17 when the 2012 Delhi Rape occurred. 

In March of 2014, almost two years since the death of Jyoti Pandey, Ram Singh, Ashkay Thakur, and Vinay Sharma were charged and sentenced to death. Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta decided to appeal the decision. Ram Singh, who was described as the worst of the group was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging; however, theorists believe he was murdered. Both Singh and Gupta lost their appeals.

Raj, the youngest of the perpetrators, who was just 17 years old at the time is now a free man according to sources. He did little to no time at all yet was part of the crime with five other men. There is also speculation that he has changed his name and will be completely free of the crime. 

The question remains: has justice been rightfully served here? And if so, how is this justifed? According to Jyoti Singh Pandey's parents Asha Devi and Badrinath Singh, it has not. "We are still waiting for justice to be served," the couple shared in regards to their daughter's rape and murder. Jyoti's Singh's last words were her pleading and begging her parents to get justice for what happened which is exactly what they will continue to do for the rest of their lives. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed: What happened?

Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing since
Fall of 2016. 
In case you are unaware, Najeeb Ahmed is a college student from New Delhi, India who went missing on Saturday, October 15, 2016. At the time, he was only 27 years old, so he would be estimated to be 30 years old today. Having went missing under suspicious circumstances, there has been no justice since that time. 

Ahmed was studying biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Looking to pursue his masters degree in the field, friends describe him as reserved, gentle and with no temperamental issues. I heard about this case recently and have been wondering what could have happened to him. With a closed case, a botched investigation and no leads at all, one can only speculate what really happened to Najeeb Ahmed. 

The night before Najeeb Ahmed disappeared he ended up having a confrontation which ended up with him being assaulted. Ahmed's family and friends pleaded with authorities to investigate; however, the authorities in this particular case failed to do so which lead to Ahmed's family (his mother in particular) filing a habeas corpus petition in New Delhi's high court. 

As time proceeded the authorities took the initiative of filing an FIR for kidnapping and wrongful confinement. After investigating, they used a taxi driver's testimony that Ahmed was mentally ill and therefore went with a narrative that Ahmed left New Delhi by choice. According to an article published by The Indian Express, the driver also went onto say that he drove Ahmed to the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Which leads me to the question - is the taxi driver involved in the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed? Did he actually kill him? or Is the taxi driver telling the truth? 

Due to lack of evidence, the New Delhi police dropped the case completely. After failing to prove the connection between Ahmed's mental state and actual disappearance, the authorities discreetly placed the case on the shelf. 

Additionally, there is speculation that the man and/or men who assaulted Ahmed the night before also had something to do with his disappearance. According to an article published in The Quint, Ahmed was beaten by a group of 25-30 students on the way to the warden's home. Perhaps he feared them and left or they killed him which is why he has not been found. 

What do I think happened? 

I think he is possibly deceased. It makes no sense he would not be in contact with his family. I believe he was possibly murdered by a group of men who threatened him the night before and I believe the taxi driver was part of the group. There were witnesses to the confrontation who have said they watched these men threaten Ahmed the night before he disappeared. I believe the driver's remark regarding the Jamia Millia Islamia University was a subliminal message also and references the original remark regarding the threat. I would hope this isn't what happened and Ahmed is still alive, but there are no leads and the case is closed. 

Will there ever be justice? One can only hope. Najeeb Ahmed is currently missing and has been for almost three years now. India is one of the world's largest countries (the 2nd largest to be exact) so it is possible he is still alive. If you know of anything regarding his whereabouts please contact your local police department.