Geetika was exploited, claims women's panel

Geetika Sharma, a former flight attendant who committed suicide, was exploited by her employer, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said yesterday, promising to press for punishment to those who drove her to death.

Geetika took her life on the night of August 4-5 at her house in north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar. “She was exploited, and I feel justice should be done and those responsible for the death should be punished,” said NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma.

Forced to die? Geetika has accused Gopal Kanda and Aruna Chaddha  of harassing her and driving her  to suicide.  File pic

The NCW has submitted its probe report into Geetika’s suicide to the union Women and Child Development Ministry. Geetika’s employer and former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda is an accused in the case.

Sharma also voiced surprise over Geetika’s post-mortem report making it to the media before a copy was given to the commission. “The police have not handed us a copy of the post-mortem report. How did it manage to reach the media,” she wondered.

Kanda was arrested on Saturday after being on the run since August 8. Geetika has accused him and Aruna Chaddha, an official of his now-defunct MDLR Airlines where she used to work, of harassing her and driving her to suicide. Kanda is in police custody and Chaddha is in judicial custody.

Kanda booked under fresh charges
Delhi Police yesterday slapped fresh charges against Gopal Kanda. “We have invoked Section 66 (A) under IT Act as the accused forged details and sent them through electronic messages,” Special Commissioner Dharmendra Kumar said. Kumar refused to divulge details saying it could hamper investigation. “We have recovered hard disks, laptops and relevant documents,” he said. Kumar however ruled out brain mapping of Kanda, saying the objects seized from his house and farmhouse were enough to proceed with. 

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