A bright teenager from Uttar Pradesh going to meet her relatives before returning to the United States for her studies died in a road accident in Bulandshahr after she was allegedly harassed by two men, according to her family.
Sudeeksha Bhati’s death provoked outrage and demands for punishment to the two men who allegedly harassed her. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati called her death “extremely sad, embarrassing and very condemnable”.
But as the case appeared to take a political turn, Bulandshahr’s district magistrate and police chief rushed to contradict the girl’s uncle Manoj Bhati who had claimed she had been harassed by two men. The uncle had also insisted that he was riding the two-wheeler.
Sudeeksha Bhati, a tea seller’s daughter, was a district topper in Bulandshahr in 2018. She had scored 98% in her Class 12 examination in 2018 and was awarded a scholarship to study at Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. She was scheduled to return on August 20 and wanted to catch up with her relatives.
The officials said Sudeeksha was riding pillion with her young brother – “a minor” – when his motorcycle crashe