Three days after the body of 23-year-old Andhra techie Esther Anuhya was found in Bhandup, more than 600 people, including members from two city NGOs, protested in Bandra against the police’s “lackadaisical” attitude on Sunday.
Anuhya’s body was found beside a drain, days after she had gone missing. She had alighted from an outstation train at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla on January 5.
Despite filing a missing complaint with the railway police and city police, her relatives said that the police had failed to recover the body.
“It is sad that Anuhya’s relatives had to located her body themselves,” said Jason Temasfieldt, founder of NGO ‘We The People’. “We want to raise our voice against the inaction and attitude of the police. They had turned away Anuhya’s relatives many times. We want action against officers who did not cooperate.”
The protesters also demanded that the police nab the murderer within 48 hours. “The police have not been cooperating with us from the beginning. Initially, they had refused to file an offence. We want them to nab the accused within 48 hours. We will meet joint commissioner of police Sadanad Date to seek speedy action and to probe why the case was handled irresponsibly,” said a relative of the deceased. This relative said that if the culprits are not nabbed within 48 hours, they will stage a larger protest at Azad Maidan.
NGO Harmony Foundation sought enhanced safety measures for women at railway stations.
“There should be more policing. Besides, only prepaid taxis and autos should be allowed to ply from Kurla terminus so that records of drivers are kept and railway stations should have a large police force to monitor women passengers,” said a protester.