NEW DELHI – Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has condemned the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar in Delhi and demanded the harshest punishment for her killer.
In a statement to the media on Tuesday, the Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prof. Salim Engineer said: “We are shocked and numbed to read the news about the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar in Delhi. We condemn it and demand the harshest punishment for her killer. We share the grief of her father, relatives, and friends”.
He further said “the heinous manner in which her dead body was disposed of is so chilling and barbaric that we are at a loss for words to express our disgust and revulsion. Two issues need serious introspection by society. One is the rise in domestic violence and physical abuse of women. In many instances, this is leading to femicide and needs to be debated and all attempts must be made at the level of society and the government to put an end to this disturbing trend”.
Salim also pointed out that a physical relationship without marriage (live-in) is not only traumatizing for women but also hazardous to her safety in many instances as this particular case of Shraddha Walkar shows.
“We urge the government and civil society to take the lead in debating these issues and come up with holistic solutions so that we don’t lose our daughters to femicide and domestic violence.”
Walkar’s live-in-partner Aftab Poonawala killed and cut her into pieces.
He had thrown the body pieces at various locations over a period of 18 days. To avoid suspicion, he used to leave his house with a body part in a polybag at around 2 a.m.
The matter came to light on November 8 when the victim’s father along with a police team from Palghar, Maharashtra, came to the Mehrauli police station to register a missing complaint.