A 34-year-old woman was shot in front of her husband and one-year-old son in Delhi on Thursday (Oct 26). The incident took place in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh at 4 am while the family was returning from the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara.

The woman, Priya Mehra, who passed away, had suffered bullet wounds on her neck and face. The men apparently shot her because her husband had borrowed Rs 40 lakh on credit and had not returned the amount

The moneylenders had threatened her husband. They overtook the vehicle and broke the car’s window with the pistol. According to the husband, Pankaj Mehra, the accused shot one round. When he put up resistancem the accused shot another round, leaving his wife dead. Pankaj had borrowed money from a moneylender named Sonu, who is based in Sonipat. He was to use the money to open a restaurant in Delhi last year. However, the plan did not work out and he had to close down the restaurant because it was incurring heavy losses.

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Pankaj told the police that the accused wanted to fire more rounds, but the pistol got jammed. He then drove his wife to the hospital, where she was declared already dead.

Delhi is proving unsafe again and again. According to a poll conducted by Thompson Reuters Foundation, India’s capital has earned the notoriety of being the worst megacity in the world for sexual violence. The survey mentions that women residing in Delhi always feel at risk of rape, harassment and sexual attacks.

According to official data, crime in Delhi has increased for the third straight year till 2016. Three out of every four cases registered in 2016 went unsolved. There is a molestation case every two hours, and shockingly a rape case every four hours.

According to data by Safetipin, 37 per cent of locations in Delhi that were reported as unsafe by women have poor visibility at night. This means there is poor street lighting in the city, and poor security.

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