New angle has been added to Hina Peakar case whose story was published in national dailies eight days ago claiming that she had committed suicide at her friend’s house in Jamia Nagar. According to the media report, she had hanged self as she was not able to pay hostel fees and was depressed, an allegation that has been rubbished by her university colleagues.
Some BDS students in Jamia Millia Islamia took out a rally on the university campus seeking justice for her. “A peaceful rally was taken out today on the campus, seeking justice for Hina,” said Raafey Hasan.
Hina, 28, was from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh and had completed her BDS degree from Jamia, but was pursuing an one-and-a-half month course related to her professional degree and was working as an intern getting a monthly stipend of Rs 15,200 and hence there was no question about her being depressed as some reports have pointed out, said sources.
Quoting a police official, Deccan Herald reported: “Asphyxia death could happen through two reasons – one through homicide and the other through suicide. This one falls in the latter category. During our investigation we have found that they had an argument few hours before she committed suicide. This could be a reason of her taking the step.”
The daily even spoke with university media coordinator Mukesh Ranjan, who said: “Nobody was served a notice or reminder regarding hostel fees. Speculation that she committed suicide on account of hostel fees is completely wrong.”
The alleged shoddy reporting was criticized by some students, said sources, adding that shockingly one national daily even mentioned that Hina was a student at Jamia Hamdard. This is not the first incident but earlier too reporters have been found mixing up Jamia Hamdard with Jamia Millia and Jamia Nagar.