Aligarh | The first woman to contest student polls in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Asma Javed, was found dead in her Civil Lines residence here yesterday.
Asma(30) was found dead in a flat in Civil Lines area and police suspected that she might have died several days ago.
Asma, who finished her PhD from Aligarh Muslim University in 2013, had contested the students’ union polls of 2011 and gained renown as the woman who sat on dharna for different demands, died under mysterious circumstances. She was enrolled for a teachers’ training course in Hathras, and travelled 35 km for it each day.
She hailed from Balrampur district. Her father worked as a travel instructor in state roadways.
Aligarh SSP J Ravinder Goud said, It is a case of murder. The door was locked from outside, her body was swollen, and she might have been killed more than three days ago. She also had bruises on her forehead. We are investigating.
Her family found her dead after neighbours in Aligarh, Shamshad, complained of the stench emanating from her flat. Her body was found swollen. There was blood on her bed, and her forehead was bruised. The door was locked from outside. Her family had been trying to reach her over the phone, and found that the phone was switched off since Saturday.
Salman Javed, one of her three siblings, said that her cell phone, a tablet and cash were missing from the room.
Javed said here today that his sister’s mobile was switched off since Saturday last. She used to go to Hathras for her training, so he thought maybe she was away, Javed said.
She visited Lucknow to meet her psychiatrist, and was under treatment for depression. After her marriage, things became difficult. Her husband left for South America without any word or assurance. She was very disturbed about that. She was neither divorced nor could we get khula (a woman’s right to ask for divorce, under Islamic law). We took help from maulvis in Aligarh, but things did not work in her favour. A few days ago, she said some people with whom she indulged in some financial transactions had threatened to kill her. We want justice, her brother said.
Police said, Some months ago, she filed a complaint against a local businessman, saying he had promised marriage and raped her. But in court, she later withdrew the rape allegation.
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