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MBBS student’s suicide sparks protests in Dadu

She was found dead at her residence

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 15, 2022 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 15, 2022 | Last Updated: 1 week ago

Asmat Khalid Rajput, a final year MBBS student, was found dead at her residence at the Sita Town road in Dadu on January 8. The police revealed she shot herself. Her family said she was mentally pressurised into doing so.

Asmat's death sparked outrage on social media. People demanded the perpetrators be arrested as soon as possible and called out the police for their negligence.

On Friday, her family, friends, relatives, and locals were out on the streets of Dadu. They protested with placards and chanted slogans against the police. "It has been nine days. The prime suspect is still on the run," Asma's brother said.

"My sister became a victim of severe injustice."

Suicide, blackmailing, fake nikkah

Asmat Khalid was a student at the Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Nawabshah. She was found dead at her residence on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

When the police reached her residence to collect the body for a post-mortem examination, they found a “suicide note” there. It was addressed to her father.

“Ammi Papa I am very sorry,” it read. “You will be very upset. But I got weak. Forgive me. You both worked very hard for me in old age. Thank you,” the note added.

Dadu SSP Aijaz Ahmed Shaikh said that investigations have revealed that the student was being blackmailed by Shaman Solangi and his family, who claimed that Asmat and Shaman had “secretly married each other”.

Shaikh said that the Solangi family had prepared a fake nikkahnama to take Asmat with them.

Immediately after the incident was reported, an FIR was registered against Faiz, his father Shaman Solangi, and three other people at the Sita road police station under sections 34 (acts done by several persons In furtherance of common intention) and 314 (whoever, with intent to cause harm to the body or mind of any person, causes the death of that or of any other person by means of a weapon or an act which in the ordinary course of nature is not likely to cause death) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Khalid Jameel Rajput, Asmat’s father, told the police that the suspects had been blackmailing her for a while now. The victim has deposited huge amounts of money in their accounts several times.

"We had taken our concern to the local police station before too,” he added.

Subsequently, the Sindh High Court took notice of the case and summoned Hyderabad DIG and Dadu SSP on January 13 along with reports in the case.

Solangi on the run

Shaman Solangi, the prime suspect in the case, is still on the run.

Meanwhile, the police have completed the investigation of one of the suspects, nikkahkhuwan Maulvi Muhammad Idrees.

He told the police that Shaman visited his house with some friends and forced him to sign the nikkahnama. “Asmat hadn’t accompanied him then.”

Meanwhile, the victim’s parents revealed that Asmat and Shaman’s daughter were childhood friends. “Shaman stole her number from his daughter’s phone and then blackmailed her. He mentally tortured and forced her to shoot herself.”

On Saturday, Shaman's son Faizan Solangi was arrested and presented before a judicial magistrate. He has been remanded into police custody.

Police negligence

On Wednesday, Hyderabad DIG Pir Syed Muhammad Shah suspended Dadu SHO Gul Baig Khatian for delaying investigation in the case.

The police officer was called out for his “negligent, lazy, and careless” attitude. The decision was taken after the parents of Asmat Khalid filed a complaint against Khatian.

“If the SHO had begun inquiry against Shaman Solangi earlier and arrested him, our daughter would have been alive,” they said.

Reporting by Liaquat Ali

 
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