Sanam Hasan's death: Parents harassed on social media by trolls

Updated: 10 December, 2015 11:15 IST | Vinod Kumar Menon |

Provocative messages were posted on the Facebook page, titled 'Justice for Sanam Hasan', which they had created in remembrance of the 19-year-old, who died mysteriously three years ago

What happened to 19-year-old Mumbai girl Sanam Hasan, a second year fashion designing and communication student at Pune’s Symbiosis institute, is still a mystery. It has been three years since her unnatural death post midnight, during her birthday celebrations with colleagues, in a rented room in a posh residential apartment in Pune. mid-day had reported this, ‘How did our daughter die?,’ (Dec 6).

From a botched up postmortem conducted by a junior doctor, who didn’t photograph vital organs, to a middle-aged heart thrust as the deceased’s to establish heart attack, to the evidence of semen in the vagina leading to suspicion of rape or consensual sex - the case is getting murkier with no closure for the parents, who reside at J P Road, Versova.

Layique Zia Hasan and Nagina

They have even been harassed on social media. Exactly a year later, the parents had created a Facebook community page titled ‘Justice for Sanam Hasan,’ which showed a picture of Sanam after her death, and a write up, which said, ‘I am Sanam, a 19-year-old cheerful and ambitious girl.

My life was uprooted before it was started. I trusted several strangers thinking them to be my kin, which became the ultimate reason for my departure from the beautiful earth. Today, I and my family still stand in front of the doors of judiciary so that my voice is heard and I get justice with a hope that justice be more than seven letter word prevails.’

Nagina, her mother said, “We were surprised and shocked on receiving unwarranted messages posted on the Facebook page created in remembrance of Sanam. Some messages were so provocative that it raised doubts about the people behind them, as if they knew a lot about the mysterious death of Sanam.”

One message read, ‘Now why are the parents crying? Had those modern parents kept their bxxx under control, she would have been alive. Parents deserve it.’ Though the parents registered an FIR with Versova police station on November 18, 2013, under various Sections (500, 501), 506, 507, 509, of Indian Penal Code and (sections 66 (a), 67) of Information Technology Act, no arrest has been made till today.

When contacted, Senior Police Inspector Arun Mane at Versova Police Station said, “I have just taken charge and in case you need any further information, you will have to come to the police station and inquire.”

What was the brownish black liquid?
Meanwhile the parents have claimed that they haven’t received the entire Chemical Analysis report till today.

The autopsy report of Sanam clearly states that the postmortem doctor, Harish Tatya, lecturer (today) at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, BJ Medical College and Sassoon Hospital, Pune who was then an MBBS pass out, and student of MD Forensic; at the time of conducting the postmortem on Sanam on October 3, 2012, had kept her stomach contents, found to be intact with 10 ml of brownish black thin liquid with aromatic smell.

Her mother claims that this report was never submitted to them. However, a senior forensic expert, whom this paper had shown all the documents, said that the chemical analyzer report clearly states that the said material recovered and tested was nothing but alcohol.

First Published: 08 December, 2015 14:30 IST

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