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Friday, February 6, 2015

Uttar Pradesh - Class XII girl’s friends demand death for accused

Ishita Bhatia, TNN | Oct 12, 2014, 10.37PM IST

MEERUT: The classmates and friends of the class XII girl, who was abducted and murdered recently, took to social media to demand justice for her. The development came two days after the main accused in the case, Savan Jain was sent to 14-day judicial custody. The friends of city-based professor's daughter started a Facebook page and demanded death sentence for the accused. Asna Azhar, a 20-year-old girl from Meerut who was Devolika's senior in school, started the FB page with the support of two of her friends. The page titled "Justice for Devolika" was like by over 3,000 people till Sunday evening. 

When asked what was reason behind launching a campaign of sorts on the social media, Azhar said, "I have been molested by a teacher at my school once due to which I was later isolated by my friends and no one came to help me. Though Devolika's pain was a lot more than me, I can relate to her and I will not sit back until I get justice for her." 

She further claimed that the students will not sit back until a death sentence is announced for the accused. "In India, until people come on roads and protest for a cause, nothing much happens. If justice is not delivered in Meerut, I along with my friends will protest in Delhi as well," said Azhar, who is pursuing English honours from Jamia Millia Islamia. 

Devolika had gone missing last week on Tuesday evening after she went for coaching classes. Savan, a jilted lover of the girl, allegedly abducted and killed her at an isolated place in Sardhana near the Ganga canal. He confessed to his crime in police custody and claimed that he had strangulated her to death after she slapped him. 

He claimed that he had requested her that she should stop talking to her two other male friends, but she slapped him and denied to comply with his request. That's when Savan lost his temper and strangulated her to death. The teaching freternity and students had shown their anger by stalling the B.Ed examination in five colleges in the city. They also held a candle light march on Friday to seek peace for Devolika's soul. Scores of people got on to the streets to support the cause. 

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/Class-XII-girls-friends-demand-death-for-accused/articleshow/44794624.cms [last accessed 06.02.2015]

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