NHRC notice to Ministry on Shivkumari murder

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 2. Taking suo motu cognisance of the reports on the alleged killing of a Kargil widow by her in-laws for compensation amount in Sultanpur district, the NHRC has issued notices to the Ministry of Defence and the Uttar Pradesh police.

Commission sources said that taking serious view of the report of murder of 19-year-old Shivkumari Devi on August 7 by goons allegedly hired by her father-in-law, the Commission has issued notice to the Defence Secretary and the Uttar Pradesh Director- General of Police directing them to produce a report on the incident before September 10.

Shivkumari, widow of Kargil martyr Ram Nihore Yadav, was killed when she was returning home with her brother and mother after collecting her husband's pension. Sultanpur police is investigating the matter and no arrests have been made so far.

Shivkumari was living with her parents after her father-in-law had filed a case claiming the compensation amount of Rs. 17 lakhs received by her from the State Government and the Ministry of Defence. Her father-in-law wanted the money to be kept in a joint account. He later moved the court claiming that Shivkumari was not his daughter-in-law and so the compensation be given to him.

Shivkumari's family had earlier demanded police protection as her in-laws had filed a case, but the police had not heeded their request resulting in the killing.


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