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Sign the Petition & Demand Justice for Rashmi Who Was Murdered For #Dowry During the Covid Lockdown

August 3, 2020

Dear friends,

The Covid lockdown has been particularly dangerous time for women in India.  We have seen an escalation in all forms of violence against women during the lockdown, with the police not responding to calls for help or taking action when crimes are committed.

We were approached for help on twitter by Swarn Bhaskar Upadhyay,whose sister was murdered for dowry.  (click for the tweet). We are posting his  letter below. Please support him by retweeting his tweet and demanding action from the police.


Here is the letter from Swarn Bhaskar Upadhyay

I am writing to ask for your support for justice for my sister Rashmi who was brutally murdered by her husband and in-laws, just 16 months after her wedding.  At the time of her death, she was two months pregnant.

Rashmi was a very bright and ambitious girl from her childhood. She was great in her studies and was in her M.A. final year. She wanted to be an IAS officer so she could help others.  We are four brothers and she was our only sister. She loved us very much and was very close to our parents. She loved singing and cooking.

On 10th December 2018, my sister, Rashmi was married to Shivkishan Upadhyay, who worked as a police constable in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh.  Shivkishan belongs to a very powerful and reputed family from Sultanpur. Shivkishan’s family had demanded a dowry during the time of the wedding. Since my parents wanted to give my sister a gift to start her new family life, we gave her a Stri Dhan (bride’s wealth) according to our capacity. After the wedding Rashmi had been living at her in-laws’ place.

Then, we heard Rashmi is pregnant and we were very happy for her.  But soon after Rashmi’s husband (Shivkishan Upadhyay) along with his father (Nagendra Prasad Upadhyay), his paternal uncle (Mahendra Upadhyay), his brother(Jaikishan Upadhyay), his mother and his uncle’s wife had been torturing and beating her due to my parent’s inability to fulfill their increasing dowry demand. Amidst all this, my sister somehow managed to call us and inform us about what had been happening and told us that her in-laws were now demanding Rs 10,00,000 (Ten Lakh) more as dowry. Listening to which we went straight to her place and pleaded them that we will be trying to fulfill their demand at the earliest and begged them not to torture our daughter anymore. We were miserable and downhearted because we were helpless and incapable of helping her.

On the 4th of April, 2020 at around 09:19 am we received a call from the in-laws asking us to come to their place as soon as possible because Rashmi was very ill. We reached her place and found out that the bedroom door, which had a two-sided lock, was locked and they claimed it was locked from the inside. The police came and broke the door and her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan. We are sure that his family members Shivkishan, Nagendra, Mahendra, Jaikishan and her mother in law brutely murdered her till death and then hanged her body with the fan to make it a  fake suicide case.

We have filed an FIR (police complaint), but the police have taken no action.  They claim that the accused,  Rashmi’s husband and in-laws who had been arrested, have escaped from jail. It has been four months  but despite our repeated pleas, the UP police has made no attempt to track them down and arrest them.

My family wants these men arrested and tried for murder in the court of justice.  We want justice for our sister and daughter.  Please support us in our fight for justice. Please sign this petition (click here).

Swarn Bhaskar Upadhyay

s/o Rabinder Upadhyay

Contact no. 9038301783

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