'When will our country become safe for women?': Outrage after Hyderabad vet's murder

November 29, 2019 20:33:12

After the horrific murder of Madhuri Reddy (name changed), a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad who was found burned to death on Thursday, scores of people have expressed their outrage demanding justice for the young woman. The body of the 26-year-old woman, who went missing on Wednesday night, was found in the underpass at the underpass of a National Highway in Chatanpally village, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Madhuri Reddy’s brutal murder has once again ignited discussions around the question of women’s safety. Madhuri, a resident of Shamshabad, used to come to Gachibowli in Hyderabad often, to reportedly visit a skin clinic. On Wednesday, as usual, she left home by bike around 5 pm, and parked it near the Shamshabad toll plaza, before taking a cab to Gachibowli.

After she returned to the spot around 9:20 pm, she found the back tyre of her tyre deflated. A lorry driver insisted to help despite Madhuri declining his offer. Meanwhile, she called her sister and informed her that she was near a toll plaza and that she was scared of the people sitting inside the lorry. When her sister, Ramya (name changed) called her back around 9.44 pm, her phone was found to be switched off. Subsequently her family went to Shamshabad toll booth and after they found her missing, they registered a missing complaint with the Shamshabad police station.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy condemning the murder said, "I'm left distraught by the cowardly act of violating and setting on fire [the victim], near Shamshabad, resulting in her death. I demand immediate probe and stringent action against those found guilty." He said that he would talk to the Director General of Police and follow up on the case.

Telangana Mahila Congress demanded justice, and accused the KCR government in Telangana of failing women. 

Demanding justice and action against the culprits, Telangana Congress working president Revanth Reddy said he hoped the government would take strict action against the criminals, and set a precedent. 

Not just political leaders, actors too joined in demanding justice for the victim. Actor Keerthy Suresh expressing concerns over the safety of women in Hyderabad wrote, "I am just speechless at the moment not knowing who is to be blamed, especially in a city like Hyderabad which I presumed to a super safe city."

She further added, "When will our country ever become safe for a woman to walk around at any time of the day."

Expressing condolences, Telugu actor Sudheer Babu shared the helplines of police that can be contacted during an emergency. “I request all my sisters out there to take the help of the Police, live location apps and emergency calling options when it requires the most," he wrote.

Actor Mehreen Pirzada wrote, "Completely shocked by this news, one hopes the perpetrators of such a heinous crime are brought to justice swiftly."

"Its extremely disgusting and disturbing, cannot even imagine the pain that girl had to go through, and now her family.. waiting for justice to be served.." Actor Lavanya wrote.

On Thursday, around 7 am, the Shadnagar police found the burnt body of Madhuri in the underpass. After going through the list of missing persons, police identified her, and informed her parents.

Meanwhile, police have taken two suspects, who are reportedly lorry drivers somewhere near Anantapur district on Thursday night.  

Besides, the National Commission for Women said that they had taken up the case suo moto and has sent a member of the Commission to Hyderabad, who will reach the city on Friday evening. The NCW will meet the bereaved family and also coordinate with the police, to ensure that action is taken swiftly.

SOURCE: thenewsminute
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