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Nowadays, news of abduction, murder, rape, and anything evil in the world is surprisingly common. Esther Anuhya is one of the many who lost their lives going about their daily routine. The 23-year-old software engineer was on her way to work in Mumbai from Machilipatnam when she went missing on January 5.
After nine days of intensive searching, the family of the victim managed to find her body, half-burnt and highly decomposed in an isolated location near the Eastern Express Highway in the city’s suburb of Kanjurmarg on January 16. The engineer was heading to work at Tata Consultancy Services (TSC), when she was last seen leaving the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. According to reports, Esther’s 60-year-old father and uncle identified the body with the aid of a golden ring on her finger.
To complicate matters, the family of the deceased has accused the police of incompetence while searching for their daughter; a family member said, “Esther’s phones were traced to Bhandup and Kamathipura at least a week ago. Had the cops bothered to search these areas, maybe our daughter could have been rescued.”
The post-mortem received from a local hospital revealed that the body’s condition showed signs of sexual assault as injuries to her private parts were evident. A lot of people were distraught by the sudden loss of Esther; Abraham Mathai, president of Indian Christian Voice described the predicament as something “very sad and disheartening.” He said:
“It is shocking to learn that the body of the missing girl was tracked down by her father and colleagues in Bhandup. It is suspected to be a case of rape and murder, which will unravel after the post-mortem. Had the crime branch, whom I was in touch with on behalf of the family, launched an immediate rescue mission by thoroughly combing the Bhandup location of the last call on her phone, her life may have been saved.”
The frequency of crimes of such cruelty have increased in India and consequently should inspire serious focus on rescue schemes. The schemes should ensure that the right channels are being utilized to address cases of missing individuals in a timely matter so that loss of life and suffering to implicated individuals can be avoided.
Recently, Esther’s murderer was identified as the 28-year-old Chandrabhan Sanap, who posed as a private taxi driver. The criminal offered to drop the victim off sometime before dawn and once she was within his reach, he sexually assaulted and killed her in the mangroves near Kanjurmarg. Sanap was later arrested and claimed that he attempted to rape Esther but failed. However, his accomplice, Nandkumar Sahu, said otherwise, saying Sanap had admitted to him in confidence that he had raped and murdered the girl.
Esther Anuhya had her whole life ahead of her but sadly, it was taken from her. Despite the fact Esther has become known as the techie murder and rape victim, she should be remembered as a successful software engineer who despite all odds strived for excellence. Esther’s story, though a nightmare to her loved ones, must serve as a reality check to all young women out there. It must be seen as a reminder of the world’s brutality.
Image credit: RIP – Esther Anuhya via Facebook.com