There is no way to verify because the victim’s name & the family are kept under wrap by the most heinous govt to rule India
Jan 1, 2013, 02.18AM IST TNN[ Ambika Pandit & Swati Mathur ]
The boy’s family, too, reacted with exasperation when asked about the reports on a wedding. “They were just friends. How can one talk like this just after she has been cremated,” said the father, refusing to comment any further.
The family, meanwhile, collected the ashes and left for their native village in UP. The Centre ensured that the parents and two brothers were put on a flight for Varanasi, along with seven relatives, at 1.15 pm.
MP Mahabal Mishra escorted the family and Rajya Sabha MP and Congress spokesperson Renuka Chaudhury was present at the airport.
In a way, the family also managed to escape all the unwanted attention they have been getting ever since Nirbhaya’s body was brought home and their neighbourhood woke up to the fact that she was the girl-next-door.
Later in the evening, people from nearby areas assembled at Nirbhaya’s ancestral house in Ballia district. Nirbhaya’s grandmother, who has been inconsolable since she heard of the trauma the 23-year-old had to go through, broke down when she met her son and his family. The rest of the village grieved with them.
The family, through this ordeal, has maintained that education is the tool that would empower their children for better lives. Though most of the older women in the family are unlettered, Nirbhaya’s cousins have been encouraged to pursue careers away from their ancestral vocation of farming. “The first child to go out of our family was Nirbhaya’s elder cousin. He went out to study law. In fact, on December 16, he was in Delhi to enroll for a course in legal studies. He was to meet Nirbhaya and her family later but fate, of course, had different plans,” said the uncle.
Their hopes now rest on Nirbhaya’s younger cousin, a 19-year-old studying in a government-run college. But her father’s resolve to send his daughter out has weakened.
“We had plans for her. Like Nirbhaya, we thought she would go out and follow her dream. Now, sending her away from here is unthinkable. Not, unless the government changes the laws and ensures that our children are protected protected. I hope the promises Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh have made are kept. I hope India comes up with stringent laws that make perpetrators of such crimes fearful of the consequences,” he said.