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‘Justice for Anissia’ petition on; husband booked, no arrest yet

Days before her death, Anissia’s father, a retired Major General, filed a police complaint stating that she was being tortured by her husband and in-laws

SNS | New Delhi |

A petition addressed to DCP Romil Baaniya has been filed on in connection with the death of Anissia Batra, a flight attendant with a German airline, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of her house on Friday.

The last message that 39-year-old Anissia reportedly sent people close to her was to call the police on her husband, Mayank Singhvi. She wrote that her husband had locked her in a room, that she was about to lose her life and that they were not to let him go.

The couple had tied the knot in February 2016. The police are yet to make an arrest.

Her family contests police claim that Anissia jumped to her death, insisting that there is more to this than suicide.

As per the petition, mere days before her death, Anissia’s father a retired Major General, who has served the country for over forty years, filed a complaint with the Hauz Khas police station stating that she was being tortured by her husband and in-laws. This is the very same station that is now handling the case as well. He had also written that Mayank Singhvi and his family were to be held responsible if she was physically harmed.

Despite all this and the days that have passed since, the police is yet to make an arrest.

“The police say they have sealed the area and locked their room, but Mayank went there last night, he has a spare key… they have removed all the evidence,” Karan Batra, Anissia’s brother, said while speaking to the press on Sunday.

As per the petition, her death was reported to the police immediately on Friday (13 July) evening and the FIR was still delayed by the police. Eventually the case has been registered on Saturday (14 July) under IPC Section 304 (b).

The FIR does not include statements made by Anissia’s father Maj Gen RS Batra even though he went on record. Section 304 (b) is a non-bailable offence and as of launching this petition it has been over 42 hours with no arrests made or detention of Anissia’s husband Mayank Singhvi and his parents.

Lookout circular issued against husband

The Delhi Police has issued a lookout circular against the husband of the female flight attendant who allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi’s Panchsheel Park on Friday, police said today.

Police said a board of doctors would conduct a second autopsy on Monday, and the procedure would be videographed.

A senior police officer said the BMW of Anisiya’s husband, her diamond ring and their mobile phones have been seized.

“A notice has been issued to her husband, his parents and other witnesses to join the investigation,” he said.

Though police had lifted the relevant exhibits, a forensic team has been called to reconstruct the scene of crime, he added.

Police have also sought the details of the deceased and her husband’s bank accounts and they will be sealed.

They said that a lookout circular has been issued against Anisiya’s husband to ensure his availability for the purpose of investigation. The woman had been married for over two years and used to live with her husband in Panchsheel Park.

Before jumping off the terrace, Anisiya had sent a message to her husband that she would kill herself, police said.

Her husband, a software engineer in Gurgaon, told police that they had regular fights as there were “compatibility issues”.

They had an argument on Friday as well, following which Anissia jumped off the terrace, police said.