Turning down the marriage proposed by a friend she met on Facebook proved fatal for a 24-year-old girl from the outer Delhi’s Avantika Enclave. On Monday evening, the rebuffed man and some of his family members allegedly pushed the woman off the balcony of her second-floor residence for refusing to either marry him or pay the Rs 1 lakh he was demanding from her. The victim, who sustained multiple fractures, is still fighting for her life in Bhim Rao Ambedkar Hospital. Here is the complete report.
According to the sources, the woman’s younger brother said that she befriended Amit on Facebook two years ago. “After a few weeks of friendship, Amit proposed marriage to her, but since she could not take a decision on her own, she shared this with the family,” said the brother, a Class XII student. “The family did not flatly turn down the man’s proposal. We first carried out a background check. When we found that he was an unemployed, habitual drinker, my sister, on our advice, asked Amit to stop pestering her. This is what the man could not digest.”
The victim, who worked as a beautician, was often tensed and told the family that the man continued to pursue her even after rejecting him. According to the victim’s brother, around two months ago she told them that Amit had asked her to either marry him or pay him Rs 1 lakh and if she didn’t, he warned her to be ready to face the consequences. Thinking the threat was only a ploy to make the 24-year-old to give in; the family did not pay too much attention.
According to the information, however, on Monday, around 3.30pm, Amit called her and said he would reach her home for her final answer. Worried about Amit’s motives, the family lodged a complaint at the Mangolpuri police station. “Police asked us to inform them when Amit arrived,” said the brother.
Around 6.15pm Amit reached the woman’s house with two of his sisters and his nephew. “While my mother was talking to four of them, she sent my sister to bring them some water. Amit and one of his sisters followed her into the kitchen,” narrated the brother. “They had an argument and the two of them suddenly threw her off the balcony and all four then fled from the house.”
According to Vikramjit Singh, DCP (Outer), a crime and forensic team has collected evidence from the spot, and neighbors and potential witnesses are being questioned to determine what exactly happened. Also a case of attempt to murder has been registered against Amit.
According to the sources, the doctors had told the family that the next 24 hours would be critical for the victim. What worries them now is that the injuries suffered by the victim might leave her paralyzed or disabled for her entire life.