Parents must support live-in relationships, says Women's panel amid recent murder spree
Amid the growing debate in the country over live-in relationships triggered by the recent brutal murders of women by their live-in partners, the National Commission for Women (NCW), Friday, urged parents to be supportive of their children in such relationships to ensure the they aren’t hesitant to share their feelings and thoughts with them.
Speaking in the backdrop of the recent killings, NCW chief Rekha Sharma observed in recent cases, such as that of Nikki Yadav, the parents were not in agreement or supportive of their children in such relationships.
Sharma pointed out that in the Nikki Yadav case, the man’s parents were pushing him to getting married which led to the heinous act he committed, adding that in the Shraddha Walkar case, the victim was out of touch with her family.
The Women’s Panel chief urged parents to accept the live-in relationships of their children and be supportive, adding that parents must treat their kids with respect and not treat them as possessions as this leads to a disconnect between the children and their parents.
She said the parents must treat their children as friends when they come of age so they can confide in them.
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Recently, 23-year-old Nikki Yadav was allegedly strangled to death with a USB cable by her live-in boyfriend, Sahil Gehlot, on the intervening night of February 9-10, who then dumped her body in a refrigerator in his Dhaba on the outskirts of Mitraon village in southwest Delhi.
The body was recovered after three days. Sahil, reportedly, married another woman on the same he murdered Nikki.
The case bears an eerie resemblance to the infamous Shraddha Walkar murder case, where the victim’s body was cut into pieces and hidden inside a freezer.
The accused, 28-year-old Aaftab Amin Poonawala, allegedly sawed Shraddha Walkar’s body into 35 pieces and kept them in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his residence in south Delhi’s Mehrauli before dumping them across the city over several days. Poonawala is currently in jail facing trial.
In another recent case, Shraddha was allegedly strangled, chopped into several pieces, and disposed of at different locations of a forest area in south Delhi for several months by her live-in partner Aaftab Amin Poonawala.
In another similar case, a 37-year-old Nurse, Neha, was slain by her live-in partner, in Maharashtra’s Palghar on earlier this week. As per the police, the accused, who was in a relationship with the victim for the past three years and living with her from the past six months, stuffed her body in bed storage and fled.
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