A 19-year-old Ekta Jaswal eloped with Aman in June 2019. Almost for a year, her family thought she was hale and hearty as she looked in her social media pictures. But their world came crumbling down when they received a call from the Meerut Police on Tuesday to come and identify her mutilated body. Her head was reportedly decapitated along with her arms which had tattoos on them.

Ekta was a resident of Anand Nagar, Haibowal in Punjab. She was the daughter of Sanjeev Kumar, a driver and Seema. While pursuing her B.Com from a college in Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana, she began a part-time job with an Event Management Company. This is where Shakib reportedly befriended Ekta impersonating as Aman.

Stealing money before eloping

Ekta eventually eloped with the imposter Aman in June 2019. She reportedly took 150 gms of gold jewellery and some cash with her. On reaching Shakib’s hometown Meerut,  Ekta got to know his true identity.  Initially, they had lodged an FIR at Jagatpuri Police Post in 2019. But soon they withdrew it when a settlement was made with the accused. Eventually, when Ekta eloped, they did not register a FIR because for them she was not a minor. Also, she had eloped on her own free will.

Ajay Sahni, Meerut’s police chief said “They decapitated her and also severed her hands so that she would not be recognized. She had tattooed the accused’s name on her arms. The mobile phone of the girl has been recovered. The accused kept the girl’s WhatsApp account activated from her phone and used to keep on changing her display pictures, giving the girl’s relatives the false impression that she was alive and well, “ NDTV reported.

Discovery of the body and later investigations

On June 13, 2019, a resident reportedly saw a dog running away with a human hand from Lohia Village. On getting the information, the police dug up the place and recovered a headless body from the sugarcane field of Daurala, Meerut. At that time, they filed a case against unknown miscreants. But after 13 months, the police finally solved the case on Tuesday after getting information from Punjab.

SSP Sahini confirmed, “After a year’s hard work, the police finally identified the woman who was missing. The 23-year-old girl was identified as a resident of Motinagar police station area in Ludhiana”. Eventually, the police arrested Shakib and his five accomplices The HT reported.

The Girl’s Family Speaks

Speaking to TOI, her mother Seema remarked, “For two-three days, we all tried to convince her to return. Thereafter, she stopped taking our calls. But when we saw her pictures and posts on Facebook, we thought she was happy in her marriage.” Now when she came face-to-face with the brutal end of her daughter, she laments her death by regretting the decision of not informing the police. The family demands strict punishment for the accused.

Simran Dhawan is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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