Tausif comes from a family of influential political leaders associated with the Congress party.
A special investigation team (SIT) of the Faridabad police filed the chargesheet in Nikita’s murder in a district court within “a record” 11 days, charging Tausif and Rehan under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 366 (kidnapping or inducing woman to compel her marriage), and 364 (abducting in order to murder) as well as the Arms Act. The chargesheet featured 60 witnesses.
Tomar told the gathering he had no idea that proving the charges was going to be so challenging. “I am told that everything hangs on the testimony of witnesses and they can be bought with money. The other party [Tausif’s side] is powerful and has hired some of the most expensive lawyers,” said Tomar.
“I am also told that even if he gets convicted by the district court, he can go to the high court. How am I going to continue the fight? I have already exhausted all my resources,” he said.
Tomar said that two months into the court case, he has realised that the legal system works in far more complicated ways than he had assumed and the process is way costlier than he had imagined. “We need a lawyer at every step. Every trip to the court needs money. I don’t want to take any names but even policemen ask for money for doing their job,” he said.
Tomar said that after he lost his job, he just could not carry on further all by himself. “After my daughter’s murder, many political leaders and social activists visited me. They said Nikita is India’s daughter. If Nikita is indeed India’s daughter, then the fight for justice too should be a collective effort,” he said.
“Honestly, I am stretched to the limits.”
Tomar, a Rajput by caste, hails from Pilukhuwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district. He shifted to Haryana about 30 years ago for better work prospects. All this time, he lived on rent. It was only a few years ago that he brought one floor of a house in a residential society in Faridabad. Tomar now lives with his wife and a son who is older than Nikita.
Tomar said he exhausted all his life’s earnings in getting his children educated in good schools and colleges and then in buying the house. Nikita was a bright student. She wanted to join the defence forces. Tomar had big aspirations for her career. Her marriage was not part of the family’s plans any time soon.
In the meeting, the participants collectively decided to form an informal committee of prominent social activists for taking the legal battle forward. They decided that they needed to raise funds on priority. For that, they would visit every political leader and activist who made promises to Tomar just after the murder.
“Many representatives of the government came and made many promises. Some said they would get Nikita’s brother a job, some said they would get the state government give monetary relief, others said they would name an under-construction college in the city after Nikita. Two months later, nothing has been done,” said Virendra Gaud.