news Monday, June 08, 2015 - 05:30

  It’s been six years since Jigisha Ghosh was murdered in New Delhi. Her parents have gotten through those six years only for the sake of the case that drags on. Jigisha, a call centre executive, was returning from work at 4.30am on March 19 when she was kidnapped by four men who stopped her on the pretext of asking for directions. She was robbed of her ATM and credit cards and was then shot. Her body was later found on the roadside, just a few metres away from her apartment. In a week’s time Delhi police cracked the case and arrested four men, but justice has eluded Jigisha’s ageing parents. This case is closely related to the murder of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan not just because the men involved in the two murders are the same, but because the investigation of Jigisha’s murder led the police to Soumya’s alleged killers. But while Soumya’s journalistic background continues attract media attention, Jigisha’s case has not been so fortunate. Read: 'Want justice for our daughter during our lifetime', says Soumya Vishwanathan's mother Recalling the incident, Jigisha’s 57-year-old mother mother Sabita tells The News Minute that her daughter had even called her that day, asking her to keep breakfast ready.  “Jigisha would have been alive if she had not received a call from her office.”  Jigisha Ghosh was 28 years old when she was murdered. Jigisha was on the phone with her office when the men approached her seeking directions. When Jigisha turned away from them, they forced her into the car. Initially,  the police refused to even file a missing person’s complaint saying “she must have run away with someone”. Only after Sabita and her husband Jagannath approached the police commissioner was an FIR registered. After the four men were arrested, the couple was called to the police station. It is here that one of the accused, Amit Shukla, told Sabita that Jigisha pleaded for her life because she had aged parents to take care of. “Jigisha told them that she would give away all the money she had in her accounts, including gold ornaments if only she could be spared to take care of me. ‘My mother would die if something happened to me’, she said. But the men did not care,” Sabita says. The case has dragged on in court with no end in sight. “Unlike Soumya’s case, Jigisha’s case has video evidence among others which should have been enough for the trial to proceed faster,” says Sabita. Read: My friend Soumya Vishwanathan's case drags on, will it fade into oblivion? Examination of witnesses and presentation of evidence has not yet been completed. During the course of the trial, the public prosecutor resigned, the additional public prosecutor transferred. On the days of the hearing, sometimes either the accused or their lawyers did not turn up. Sabita recently wrote to a letter to BJP MP Babul Supriyo urging him to look into the case and also appoint the previous public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan (who was also the PP in Soumya’s case) since he is familiar with the case. She is yet to hear from him. Jigisha’s family has received threatening phone calls. “Unknown people call us up. They threaten us saying that we are aged and live alone asking us to withdraw the case,” she says in a hushed tone. The police have asked the couple to not divulge their whereabouts or respond to unfamiliar numbers lest they should be tracked down. The couple has been forced to move to elsewhere from their house in Vasanth Vihar in Delhi after their daughter was killed. Sabita says she has still not been able to cope with the death of her only child. After the incident, she was bedridden for a long time and was affected emotionally.  Recalling her daughter's childhood, Sabita said she had quit her job as a teacher beccause Jigisha was a sick child.“She suffered from severe asthma, but she always stood first in her school and college years. She was brilliant and was efficient in her work,” she adds. Without their only daughter, the couple survives on Jagannath's pension after his retirement as a deputy director at the Ministry of Health. “Life has come to a standstill. I don’t have anyone to call me ‘maa’. Sirf case ke liye zinda rehana hai hame,” she says. We are only living for the case.

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