The minor’s mother and the groom who stabbed Linkan are absconding
Sabha was allegedly being forced to marry her cousin, who has been living with the family for the last two years. As she was opposed to the marriage and wanted to continue with her studies, she called Linkan on Wednesday night to persuade her mother to give up the idea. “However, when Linkan reached the house on Thursday morning, the prospective groom Siraj and Sabha’s mother got violent and attacked her,” said Shivram Yadav, DSP, Noida.
Slipping in and out of consciousness, Linkan narrated the horrific incident to TOI. “While I was trying to convince Sabha’s mother, Siraj whipped out a knife and sprung on me. I ran to save myself, but he chased me through the congested colony and finally cornered me. He tried to stab me, hit me on the head with a brick and attempted to strangle me. Sabha’s mother also attacked me. I don’t know what happened after that as I lost consciousness,” Linkan said.
Colony residents intervened and rescued the profusely bleeding Linkan. She was taken to Kailash Hospital while the two accused fled. Doctors said Linkan has sustained severe head injuries and suffered internal haemorrhaging with multiple injuries all over her body. “We have had to give her more than 40 stitches on her head and body. Though critical, she is in a stable condition. We will have to observe her for 72 hours,” said Dr Anoop Agarawal.
Linkan is a native of Odisha and has been residing in Noida since 2008. She also works as a project coordinator for Aid Noida, the Noida chapter of NGO Aid India. Sabha’s father is absconding. His two other daughters were also married off when they were just 15 and 16 years old. [Link]
“Only if laws could be implemented and trials could be timely will the crimes again women and children or anyone will if not cease at least reduce in number family crimes are committed with full impunity.”
Would it help if marriages that are not registered before the actual ceremony (how does one ensure that?) are not recognised by the law?