By Hasan Akram
New Delhi: Rabiya Saifi, a civil defence officer associated with the office of Lajpat Nagar District Magistrate, was brutally murdered after allegedly being gang-raped in the national capital on 26 August. Her family members alleged that her both breasts were cut, her neck was slit and private parts were mutilated. Apart from that, there were several cut marks across her body.
The police say a man identified as Nizamuddin has surrendered in connection with Rabiya’s murder. The man has claimed that he is her husband and killed her wife near Surajkund Pali Road, Faridabad, Haryana. An FIR has been lodged at Surajkund Police Station in this regard.
But the family does not approve the police version. They say functionaries of the Lajpat Nagar DM office may be involved in her murder because she was aware of corrupt activities being done at the premises.
Her father Samid Ahmad said that Rabiya had told him and her mother about a secret lock-up inside the DM office, where crores of rupees were kept. She had said that 3-4 lakh rupees used to come every day [allegedly through corrupt means].
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The conduct of the police in connection with this case has also strengthened their doubt. According to her cousin Monis Saifi, the police are not helping the family and no one from the DM’s office have visited them so far.
Commenting on the surrendered man’s murder confession, Monis said, ”This is a conspiracy to defame her and give a different angle to the case.”
He said there is no evidence of her marriage with the aforementioned Nizamuddin or anyone else. In the past seven days, the police have also failed to provide any proof of their marriage, he added while speaking to Muslim Mirror.
He said the man surrendered to the police on 26 August. Ideally, the police should have presented him in the court the next day and sought his remand but they did not do so for the first eight days. ”When courts can be opened at night then why remand cannot be taken in one day for the sake of justice?” he asked.
Rabiya had reportedly studied at Jamia Millia Islamia. Her family lives in Sangam Vihar, New Delhi.
Leaders from various parties including AIMIM Delhi president Kaleem ul Hafeez have visited the victim’s family. A protest was held in Sangam Vihar to seek justice for her. Moreover, protests and candles light vigils have been organised at some other places too.