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Rizwanur death: Netizens raise voice of protest

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 14, 2007

NEW DELHI: An online campaign is gradually gaining momentum to seek justice for Rizwanur Rehman, a Kolkata computer graphics teacher who was found dead a month after marrying a Hindu girl against her family’s wishes.

At least four communities, having hundreds of members, are presently active in social networking site Orkut in support of Rizwanur, with a CBI probe into the death and punishment to the police personnel who allegedly threatened and pressurised him to separate from his Hindu wife Priyanka Todi being the major demands.

Apparently taking a cue from similar campaigns in the past for Jessica Lall and Priyadarshini Mattoo, the netizens are planning an online petition addressed to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, seeking “justice” for Rizwanur.

Wearing black bands in memory of Riwanur on Ashtami, the main day of the coming Durga Puja festival, asking the local puja committees to keep a condolence book in the pandals are some of the other forms of protest and expression of solidarity with Rizwanur’s family that are being suggested.

Rizwanur was found dead on September 21 under mysterious circumstances after his marriage to Priyanka, daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi, on August 18.

The police had termed it a case of suicide, but following a public outcry, with questions being raised from various quarters whether the police had exceeded their limits in handling the case of marriage of two consenting adults, a CID probe was ordered into the incident.


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