20 Years On, Daughter Roams Delhi Law Corridors Seeking Justice For Father’s Death

Bhubaneswar: They say, “Kanoon ke haath bahut lambe hote hain”, but certainly not for this 22-year-old girl from Bhawanipatna, who, along with her mother has been running from pillar to post seeking justice for her father’s death 20 years back. Ruksana alleges her father died of poisoning by her paternal uncles in 1999.

Bereft of any help from local IIC, SP and the district Collector, Ruksana and her mother Shahida decided to lodge their grievances before the higher-ups at the national capital.

When Ruksana’s father Abdul Habib was allegedly murdered, she was just 18 months old, her elder sister 3 years and her younger brother 2-month-old. Though she was a kid at the time the fateful incident took place, Ruksana claims she knows who killed her father. Even though the case remains open, and cases have been registered under Sections 302, 306, 34 of IPC, no arrests have been made so far, says Ruksana with immense pain and grief.

“My father was murdered by my uncles in 1999. My mother has been fighting for over 20 years, I raised my voice in 2012, we staged dharna at many places for over a year, but all our pleas went unheard. Finally, we came to Delhi with the hope that we will get justice. I and my mother staged dharna at Jantar Mantar for 62 days, but to no avail,” says Ruksana.

Recounting what happened on that fateful day in 1999, Ruksana said, “My father was once murderously attacked by my uncles (father’s siblings) when he asked for his share in the property. That day when he was bitten by a dog, my uncles gave him some medicines. My father died hours after consuming the medicines. The post mortem report that stated he died of poison consumption, however, was concealed,” alleged Ruksana adding, “I have written some 500 letters to police officers, SPs, DSPs, Collectors. I have even been to Amit Shah and Arvind Kejriwal’s office. When I went to meet PM Modi, I wasn’t allowed by the security personnel. Only a CBI probe will reveal the actual reason behind my father’s death.”

Her mother Shahida, who has been roaming in the streets of Delhi along with Ruksana, narrated how her kids were left in the lurch after her husband’s death and how difficult it was to raise them. “I had filed three cases and each time I was threatened by my in-laws that they would murder me if I don’t withdraw the cases. Law has become blind, deaf and dumb. We only know how we have survived in Delhi in the last 80 odd days. Sad that our letters did not reach Naveen Patnaik,” says Shahida.

According to sources, the case has been taken up for a probe as per the direction of Central government.