24 November, 2020

Evil Is Near

The Priyadarshini Mattoo case has taken farcical turns. And stalking is a larger menance. How can these deranged hunters be stopped?

Evil Is Near
'He told her he would follow her to hell and back...'
A friend of Priyadarshini Mattoo in The Indian Express

SANTOSH Kumar Singh thrust in his hand and wrenched out Priyadarshini's car keys at a red light, driving her into fear. A terror that tore through the next two years of her life as he hounded her. Obsessively dogging her to panic, tormenting her at the Delhi University law faculty where she was a student, breaking into her flat on occasion, accosting her in lonely places at times. Priyadarshini cried herself hoarse for help, lodging no less than five formal complaints with various police stations and the dean of her faculty. Even with the commissioner of police. But her stalker, a senior police officer's son, became horrifyingly overbearing and obtrusive. Till, on a cold winter day in 1996, Priyadarshini was found raped and killed in her apartment.

Four years later, last fortnight, Singh was acquitted on grounds of flimsy circumstantial evidence. To mock justice some more, the additional sessions judge, who made the ruling, observed in his judgment that...



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