#JusticeForNimrita: Govt Urged To Investigate Suspected Murder Of Hindu Student
In yet another incident of fatal violence against minorities in Pakistan, a medical student belonging to the Hindu community was found dead in her hostel room.
According to media reports, the victim, a resident of Ghotki, was found in the room of Chandka Medical College, allegedly having committed suicide. The Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, stated to media that the victim was found with marks on her neck that indicated suicide. Currently, senior superintendent police Larkana was currently investigating the matter.
Nimrita’s brother has claimed that his sister did not commit suicide. While talking to media, the victim’s brother denied that this was a case of suicide as he had talked to his sister just two days before and she seemed happy and expressed that she would be in the top ten students this year. He added that before her death, she had distributed sweets in the principal’s office.
Yet another killing of a minority in Pakistan's Sindh due to forced conversion pressure? Namrita Chandani, who belonged to Mirpur Mathelo, a taluka of Ghotki, was found lying on a charpoy with a rope tied to her neck while her room was locked from inside. Her brother speaks out. pic.twitter.com/OciA11wIca
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) September 17, 2019
In another video, Nimrita’s brother can be seen explaining to media that the case was not suicide and that there was more to it. He said that the first girl who came across the body found her with a duputta around her neck. He also added that the marks on her neck indicated the use of a wire. The victim’s brother also said that there were marks on Nimrita’s hands as if someone had gripped her forcefully.
— SadiaSattar (@RJSadiaSattar__) September 17, 2019
Social media users also opined that the case did not seem to be that of suicide. Activist Aisha Sarwari took to Twitter and raised the question about the condition of minority women in the country.
This medical college student was raped then murdered. She happens to also be a Hindu. Can we please recognise that if women have it bad those on the intersection of class and religious minority have it worse? #JusticeForNimrita https://t.co/DFX4WFLhEy
— Aisha Sarwari (@AishaFSarwari) September 17, 2019
Writer Tania Saleem pointed out that all the evidence gathered by the victim’s brother and friends indicate that this was a murder and urged that the crime should be thoroughly investigated.
All the evidences pointed to and gathered by her brother and friends indicate a murder. The incident and the crime should be thoroughly investigated. #Sindh government should ensure that the culprit(s) is booked for murder and nothing less. #JusticeForNimrita pic.twitter.com/r5b6BuRFfP
— Tania Saleem (@TaniaPalijo) September 17, 2019
Another Twitter user raised doubts on the claim that Nimrita committed suicide, and urged the chief minister of Sindh to take immediate action.
Nimrita,a BDS student,found dead in hostel.Everyone is claiming it a suicide.But her brother who has seen the dead body,doubts that she has been murdered.He appeals CM Sindh to take immediate action
Raise voice for her coz any of us could have been in her place#JusticeforNimrita pic.twitter.com/99tFWu4FKG
— Syeda Kausar Fatimah (@K_Zaidii) September 16, 2019
Nimrita’s brother’s claims contradict the allegation that the case was a suicide. If the latter is true, authorities must investigate the case as a murder and must also explore whether this was a hate-based killing.
Incidents of violence against the Hindu minority have increased. Just a couple of days back, Ghotki had erupted in riots following blasphemy sallegations against a Hindu school teacher.