Sudiksha Bhati, a student of Babson College, USA, has tragically died in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh on Monday (August 10). According to news sources, she was on her way to meet her relatives in Sikandrabad with her uncle Manoj Bhati when eve-teasers allegedly started provoking her and she subsequently fell off from the scooty she was riding.

Sudiksha, who received a massive Rs 3.83 crore scholarship to study in the US college, was reportedly vacationing in India. She was planning to return to the US on August 20. The 19-year-old was on a two-wheeler when the accident took place. Two men on a motorbike allegedly started following them and performed stunts near Sudiksha’s bike and her uncle lost control. As this happened, the eve-teasers suddenly hit the brake and they both fell off while escaping the goons. Sudiksha fell on the road and died on the spot, her family members claimed, ZeeNews reported.

The men also passed derogatory comments on Sudiksha, her uncle Satyendra Bhati said. “The men were passing comments on Sudiksha and were trying to overtake her vehicle performing stunts to impress her. Suddenly, their Bullet hit Sudiksha’s scooty and she lost balance. Sudiksha died on the spot,” he claimed, according to a report by IndiaTV.

What You Should Know

  • Sudiksha Bhati, a 19-year-old girl from UP’s Gautam Buddha Nagar died on Monday after she fell from her scooty.
  • Her uncle Manoj Bhati was with her at the time of the incident. She died on the spot.
  • Sudiksha’s father is a tea seller in a dhaba. She made headlines when bagged a scholarship from a top US college in 2018.

Sudiksha’s father, Jitendra Bhati, owns a dhaba in a small village of Bulandshahr and her mother is a homemaker.

Sudiksha studied in the USA

A meritorious student, Sudiksha had made headlines when bagged a scholarship from a top college in the USA, according to NDTV. They accepted her application and the teenage girl was pursuing her graduation and internship from the college. Prior to this, she was the district topper in the CBSE board examination in the year 2018. She had secured 98 percent.

Sudiksha who had moved to America in August 2018 recently returned to her hometown in June amid coronavirus lockdown.

Sudiksha’s family went through financial hardships earlier. “Initially, I was very upset with my father and blamed him for not being able to study. However, a few days later, I went to the government school and sought admission,” she had earlier said, IndiaTV reported. It wasn’t until 2009 when they paid off the financial burden her father owed.

She applied for a summer academic programme at the Lacocca Institute in Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in July 2016, and was selected with 76 students from India. “The experience was transformative. I decided I wanted to go to the US for future studies,” she had told during her interviews earlier.

In April 2017, Sudiksha started preparing for the SAT exam and had secured scholarships in different colleges in the US. “My school helped us prepare and funded the tests, besides exempting us from regular Class 12 classes, just to help us clear the exam,” she had added.

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She raised her voice against eve-teasing

I started ‘Voice of Women’ initiative a small door-to-door campaign in my village and neighbouring areas to convince parents to send their girls to schools and also campaign against eve teasing,” Sudiksha had earlier told NDTV.

The police are investigating the case against unidentified bikers. Bahujan Samaj Party President and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati tweeted: “A promising student, Sudeeksha Bhaati, who was going on a bike with her uncle in Bulandshahr, lost her life due to eve-teasing, which is extremely sad, embarrassing and very condemnable.”

Here’s what Twitteratis say

“News of topper Sudiksha’s death by a accident is very distress. she got 3.48 crore scholarship and was studying in USA.i feel very sad,” a Twitter user said.

“Justice for sudiksha Eve to be hanged till death We want Justice for sudeeksha Hang the culprits. #JusticeForSudeeksha,” another Twitter user posted.

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Feature Image Credit: Navbharat Times

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