Why Did #JusticeForShraddha Trend On Twitter? UP Banker’s Death Sparks Outrage

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Hashtags of ‘Justice for Shraddha’ flooded microblogging site Twitter over the weekend as netizens brought to light an incident from Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh involving the death of a woman banker. Identified in reports as 32-year-old Shraddha Gupta, the woman was found hanging in her room on October 30. She reportedly left behind a suicide note naming three men and holding them responsible for her suicide.

All three accused were booked by police, as per Times of IndiaThose named include IPS officer Ashish Tiwari, cop Anil Rawat and a third man Vivek Gupta. The latter, a resident of Balrampur in UP, was reportedly scheduled to marry Gupta. Their engagement was called off after Gupta raised objections.

Gupta was employed as an assistant manager with Punjab National Bank (PNB). According to news agency PTI, Gupta joined PNB in 2015 and was posted at their Faizabad branch since 2018. She hailed from Lucknow. Police said she was discovered dead in her apartment by her landlord and milkman on Saturday morning.

The purported suicide note was addressed to Gupta’s parents and undersigned with her name. “I am sorry for this,” the letter reads.

Justice For Shraddha Trends: Opposition Leaders Offer Comment

The case received widespread attention online and political leaders from the opposition sought action.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Sanjay Singh on his verified Twitter account shared that Gupta’s family told him, “Vivek Gupta used to harass his daughter, police officers also supported Vivek, everyone tortured her so much that the daughter had to give up her life…”

Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP) said Gupta’s parting note revealed the “poor law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh” and demanded a high-level judiciary enquiry in the matter. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait’s Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) too weighed in with the same demand.

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