RE: DEMAND FOR JUSTICE IN THE MURDERS OF DR. PAPIYA GHOSH AND MALTI DEVI
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
We are writing to express our outrage at the brutal and heinous murders of Dr. Papiya Ghosh, Professor of History at Patna University, and her domestic help Ms. Malti Devi, on the night of December 2nd in Patna in her home.
As of the time of this writing, it is clear from the news services and Dr. Ghosh’s own accounts to her friends (some of whom are among the undersigned) that this is not a routine robbery case-gone-wrong as the local police are alleging, but in fact involves collusion of local criminal and political elements who have over the past few years been threatening Dr. Ghosh to relinquish her ancestral property to their control.
With this letter that bears the signature of many of Dr. Ghosh’s academic and professional colleagues and friends from around the world, we demand that the Government of India take immediate action to bring all the criminal elements in this matter to justice. It is critical that the Central Government take charge in this investigation at the highest levels given the evident collusion between local political and criminal elements that has precipitated these horrible murders.
We will not rest in continuing to bring national and international pressure to bear on this outrage until the interests of justice are served in this case.
We, the undersigned, hereby add our names to this petition: