A Brother Begs @PMOIndia & @MinistryWCD To Help w/ His Sister’s #Dowry #Murder Case
More than 106,000 young women are burnt to death in India every year. Uma, who was only 23 years old was one of them. We are sharing the following letter and photo that we received from Uma’s brother, Rajesh. Please CLICK HERE and sign and support his petition for justice for his sister. Anyone who can help the family legally or in any other way, please contact Rajesh at firstname.lastname@example.org; mobile: 7895980071.
Mr. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and Ms. Maneka Gandhi (Woman and Child Development Minister),
I am writing to beg for your help with my sister Uma Kumari’s dowry murder case.
My sister Uma was married to Omprakash on 12th June, 2012. Omprakash is the younger son of Mr. Baijnath of Kanpur district which comes under the Mushanagar police station. For the wedding my family gave Rs.3,50,000 in cash and Rs. 7,50,000 in jewelry and household items as bridal gifts.
However, soon after the wedding, Uma’s husband and in-laws began to pressurize her for dowry and would verbally and physically abuse her. They wanted a Rs. 400,000/- four wheel vehicle and a house that my family had built. When we did not give in to their demands, all of Omprakash’s family including his brothers, sisters-in-law, and uncles began to beat and abuse Uma and threatened to kill her. My family complained about this dowry abuse to various offices, including the National Commission of Women. However, Uma’s in-laws would bribe the police and get away.
Then they hatched a plan to murder Uma. Since they have more influence on the police and locals in their village than in the city, and can easily escape the law, they planned to murder Uma in their village house. So they first moved my sister from the town to their house in the village. Then on 25th November 2016, Omprakash and all his family members gathered there and began to beat my sister and attempted to kill her. When she didn’t die, they poured 4 liters of kerosene on her and set her on fire. Uma was in the hospital for 20 days and every second there she suffered tremendous pain. She died on 15th December, 2016.
Uma’s in-laws did not care what happened to her. They’ve only been trying various means to escape the law and protect themselves. My mother has not stopped crying since Uma died and my family has been extremely distressed not just by the terrible and painful death of my sister but the fear that her in-laws will once again influence the police and locals and escape the law. We want justice for Uma, and we won’t rest till all the members of her husband’s family, including—Ompraksh, Kisingopal, Rambabu, Baijnath, Ramkhilawan, Guddan, Durga, Ramvati—are all arrested, jailed and hanged. Please, please help us get justice for Uma.
From a grieving brother,
Rajesh Baboo Nishad