‘Vil­lagers threat­en­ing to kill me & my child’

Hakim’s widow, who ap­peared in Satyamev Jay­ate, ac­cuses po­lice of in­ac­tion; cops term mur­der vil­lage ri­valry

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - S Raju

MEERUT: The widow of Ab­dul Hakim – the man who was mur­dered af­ter ex­pos­ing the khap pan­chay­ats' per­se­cu­tion of lovers in Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jay­ate — has ac­cused vil­lagers of openly threat­en­ing to kill her and her 18-month-old daugh­ter.

Hakim was killed in broad day­light in Bu­land­shahr's Adoli vil­lage on Thurs­day. Five armed men sprayed bul­lets into him while he was on his way to the vil­lage doc­tor’s clinic to get medicines for his preg­nant wife, 25year-old Me­haw­ish.

His wife’s al­le­ga­tions came on Mon­day — the day the po­lice ar­rested Asif, one of the al­leged killers.

Hakim had eloped with Me­haw­ish in Novem­ber 2010. They had got mar­ried in Meerut and even­tu­ally set­tled in Delhi. Ear­lier this year, the cou­ple had ap­peared in Satyamev Jay­ate and nar­rated how the pan­chayat passed a de­cree for their mur­der af­ter their elope­ment and ter­rorised their fam­i­lies. Five months ago, they had fi­nally re­turned to Adoli.

Me­haw­ish also ac­cused the po­lice of mak­ing no se­ri­ous ef­fort to book her hus­band’s killers.

The po­lice in­ac­tion, she said, has em­bold­ened the vil­lagers.

"My hus­band lost his life due to our love mar­riage. Now they (the vil­lagers) are openly say­ing they would kill me and my daugh­ter and our re­quests for pro­tec­tion have fallen on deaf ears,” she said.

The po­lice dis­missed her charges as “base­less”.

“I got it checked by of­fi­cials, who found no truth in it,” said Gu­lab Singh, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Bu­land­shahr. “The mur­der has noth­ing to do with the cou­ple’s past life. It had oc­curred due to an on­go­ing vil­lage ri­valry.”

He also said he had not re­ceived any writ­ten re­quest to of­fer any pro­tec­tion to the fam­ily.

The fam­ily had ap­proached ac­tor Aamir Khan, who vis­ited Meerut on Mon­day and ap­pealed to the po­lice for help.

“We are in con­stant touch with Aamir Khan’s sec­re­tary. We hope Aamir would visit us and take note of our plight,” said Hakim’s brother Yusuf.

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