05.12.17 (VT) After the murder of their parents and the suicide of eldest sister, Rakhi, there are concerns about the welfare of the two remaining siblings. The Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court met with Rakhi’s brother and sister to talk about their living arrangements and safety.
Banwari Lal and Ravibala were murdered on 8th March 2017, leaving behind three children, who were sleeping at a neighbour’s house due to the construction work going on at their house. The murderers took advantage of the renovation work to enter and leave the house with a large sum of cash.
Chief Justice D.B. Bhosle called the children to his chamber to ask about their welfare, living conditions and arrangements for their security. Madhumangal Shukla is advocating on behalf of the children. After almost 10 months, the police still have been unable to arrest the murderer. Shukla is demanding that increased efforts be made to track down the murderers, in addition to proper living and security arrangements for the children.
Questions are being raised about why police have been unable to solve the case. Even when Rakhi suicided after threatening to do so if her parents murderer was not found, police brushed it off, saying that her suicide was due to a fight with her sister.
Despite a hunger strike by Rakhi and her repeated visits to the offices of police and local politicians, the police were unable to apprehend the murderers. After giving up hope, Rakhi took her own life. The residents of Amar Colony, Mathura, held a protest and Rs5 Lakh compensation was announced however. Due to the public outcry and people’s determination to see justice done, the case is now before the High Court.