The traumatic story of Sarita, a 26-year-old national-level player, will make you wonder if we have any right to call ourselves a civilized society! This story reflects how some members of our society still believe that women don’t have the right to say ‘NO’.
Even after being independent and educated, this national-level taekwondo player, Sarita met with a tragic end when she was shot dead for rejecting a man and his proposal.
As per Tribune, Sarita was shot dead by her stalker, a wrestler himself, in the wee hours on 12th November at Bhora Khurd, Gurugram. The accused, Sombir, barged into her house and shot her dead after she refused to accept his “last and final” proposal.
So What Happened?
Sombir had been stalking Sarita for over a year and has been constantly pressurizing her to marry him. Even though Sarita complained to the police in August, the police didn’t arrest the accused. This brave young girl constantly followed the matter with the police. She also mentioned about the danger and the harassment that she facing but sadly, none of her pleas were taken seriously.
It was on Tuesday, that the accused barged into the victim’s house and asked her to marry him at the gunpoint. While recalling the horrific moment, the victim’s mother Savitri shared:
“We were having bed tea around 4 am when he (Sombir) forcibly entered the house, carrying a gun. He said he was asking for the last time if she would marry him. Thinking it was his usual threat, my daughter refused and he shot her, and fled”
Sarita was rushed to a private hospital but it was too late. The doctors declared her as brought dead.
It is so disheartening to see that the police inaction resulted in the death of this young and bright daughter of India.
On the complaint of the mother, FIR has been registered against the accused. Though the SHO of Bilaspur police station said they were conducting raids to nab the accused, he refused to comment on the lack of action by the police on earlier complaints of stalking.
Your heart will definitely wrench in pain for this young daughter, who paid the price for being a woman in this country. Though Sombir may get the harshest punishment, we couldn’t stop asking ourselves some questions:
For how long the women in this country will pay the price for being courageous?
How many more mothers, daughters or sisters need to be sacrificed before our country becomes a safe place for its women
At I For Her, we pray for Sarita’s soul to rest in peace and hope God will give strength to her parents to bear the endless pain of losing a child.