History repeats itself, The Jessica Lal Murder Case, the Aarushi Murder Case and now Sanam Hasan; the country just doesn’t get enough of mysterious deaths does it?
As events turned out, Sanam Hasan (19), a second-year fashion design student of Symbiosis College in Vimannagar, died after falling ill at her birthday bash organized by friends.
The party was organized on the night between October 2nd and 3rd, 2012 for Sanam’s 19th birthday.
Her family, from Andheri in Mumbai, had come to town to celebrate her birthday, and was staying in a rented home. Sanam was pursuing her second year in a fashion design course.
Sanam was also working part-time at a reputed international brands store Aldo in Phoenix Mall.
A case was registered with Yerwada police against Borate (an ex-colleague) under section 304 (A) (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by State CID officer Dipali Ghadge.
According to the complaint, friends from Sanam’s college and the mall where she worked part time, had gathered at Bramha Sun City to celebrate her birthday.
She developed complications and died around 2 am that night. CID officers said Mohnish allegedly neglected her condition and asked her to go to sleep in the hall, instead of taking her to a hospital, or informing her parents.
On the morning of October 3, 2012, Sanam was rushed to Ruby Hall Clinic where she was declared dead and post-mortem was conducted at Sassoon General Hospital. Sanam’s friends informed her parents about the entire incident.
An unfortunate death; but things took a down slope from here. Hasan’s body was taken to Sassoon Hospital for postmortem on October 3, five other bodies had also been sent there for autopsy. Four of them were corpses of women and one was of a male. There was delay in sending the viscera to the laboratory as the police took 10-15 days to send the viscera.
A case was registered with Yerwada police against Borate under section 304 (A) (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by State CID officer Dipali Ghadge.
The Judicial Magistrate remanded Borate to judicial custody, as he was arrested under a bailable offence. He was granted bail, on furnishing a personal bond of INR 15,000, on the condition that he would not commit a similar offence in the future.
Hasan’s DNA extracted from the sample of viscera, heart, blood and vaginal smear did not match with the parents’ DNA. Hasan’s parents cried foul play and negligence on the part of the police; they alleged that the city police closed the case by hurriedly concluding that the victim died due to ‘alcoholic intoxication with ischemic heart disease’ without filing a first information report (FIR).
An important point here was that Sanam was a football player and did her regular gym sessions. According to her parents, chances of her dying of heart ailments are very rare.
Lack of support and proper investigation from the police; Sanam’s parents approached home minister RR Patil and the case was transferred to CID after a week. Three months after the death, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inspector Deepali Ghadge lodged a complaint against Sanam’s friend Mohnish Vijay Bolate for causing death by negligence under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Months after her death, the cracks and loopholes made by the police investigation continues to act as a hindrance, the real reason behind her death is still unknown. It was reported that the body is to be exhumed to extract DNA.
It has been a rollercoaster ride for the people following the case, but most importantly a trauma for the family and friends.
So, should we assume forever that justice needs to be clawed, scratched and taken, or justice is just a seven letter word?
The Aarushi Murder Case is still there in those pile of unsolved court cases, Jessica Lal too was left in d backburner for years to finally receive redemption.
But such cases are pins in a dessert, where does the problem lie? Is it the police? The court? The government? The entire system?
There are Lakhs and lakhs of cases still waiting for their hearing, murder cases still left to be solved. There are a number of Jessica Lal’s, Aarushi’s and Sanam’s still waiting for their call for justice.
As the case gets entangled with each passing day, the hope of justice being more than just a Seven Letter word prevails.
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