Subject: Delivery of Justice to Prof Papiya Ghosh and Malti Devi in Double Murder Case of 3 Dec 2006 at Patna.
I am enclosing endorsements by the academic fraternity and students of Delhi and Patna seeking delivery of justice in the heinous crime perpetrated on Prof Papiya Ghosh and Malti Devi.
Appeals to the Govt of Bihar to apprehend the two absconding criminals named by the police, Mustaqim and Sanjogi Rai, and the masterminds, since the last three years have drawn a blank.
Please visit the website, ‘Honouring Papiya’ at www.papiyaghosh.com for details on Prof Ghosh.
Without your personal intervention, perhaps the unacceptable status quo will continue, which is in complete violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights to women in our country.
Expecting your positive and early response in this serious matter and thanking you for it.
Subject: Appeal for justice in the
murder of Prof.Papiya Ghosh of Patna
University and Malti Devi.
On the night of 2 December, 2006 my younger
sister, Professor Papiya Ghosh (53), was
murdered with indescribable brutality inside
her own house in Pataliputra Colony, Patna.
Neither was her aged, invalid maid, Malti
Devi (72) spared. Prof. Ghosh’s house was
also looted of all items of value, big and
small, with the criminals even managing to
drive away in the victim’s own car.
As per the police statement, quoted in the
press, six armed dacoits had entered Prof.
Ghosh’s house and executed the heinous
crimes with impunity.
The killing of Prof. Ghosh was carried out
with a degree of savage brutality
unparalleled in the crime history of Bihar.
Prof. Papiya Ghosh was a scrupulously honest
citizen who lived on her own, and had
dedicated her life to the cause of higher
education in Bihar. I would request you to
kindly visit the website www.papiyaghosh.com
for more details about her works and life.
As a law abiding citizen, Prof. Ghosh
depended on the state to provide the
necessary security of life and property to
all its citizens. Incidentally her house was
a mere stone’s throw from the Pataliputra
Subsequent to the horrific killings, four of
the murderous gang have been rounded up, and
put on trial. But the case, although
committed to a Fast Track court, is moving
at snail’s pace.
And shockingly two of the culprits in the
reprehensible crimes, named by the police,
as quoted in the press, as Mustakeen and
Sanjogi Rai, still remain out of the reach
of the police even more than a year later,
in spite of numerous representations having
been made to the Chief Minister of Bihar,
for their speedy arrest.
Neither have petitions to the Chairman,
National Human Rights Commission, and the
Chairperson, National Commission for Women,
as well as other human rights organizations
to get justice, met with any response.
Even applications for information regarding
the absconding criminals, made under the
Right To Information Act, have not been
Therefore, having drawn a blank from the
august bodies designated by our government
for redress of wrong doing , I ,on behalf of
our grieving family, appeal to you ,the
first lady President of our country, as the
protector of women’s rights, to intervene in
initiating a full and thorough investigation
of the case, and to bring about the arrest
of the two absconding criminals, so that the
guilty can be given exemplary punishment and
justice be done to helpless and innocent
victims of the most terrible crimes against
Madam President, you have it in your power,
by your personal intervention, to make
women’s rights in India a tangible reality,
and to set an effective future deterrent to
perpetrators of crimes against women in our
country, by bringing about a landmark
judgement upholding justice for women, which
as of today remains an elusive ideal.
You hold the hopes of millions of Indian
women in your hands.