It was a holiday weekend in the village of Panchchai, in northern India, when the news broke that a woman named Jumana had been killed in a suicide attack.
The news was accompanied by an outpouring of grief.
In the village, Jumanas father had been trying to raise money to buy a new car.
On Christmas Eve, as he and his wife left for work, he saw the young woman’s lifeless body lying on the street.
His wife and his son rushed to her aid.
After a brief struggle, they were able to pull her out.
But not before the car had been set on fire, the fire had badly damaged the body, and Jumamana was dead.
She had been shot in the head, the family members told the BBC.
Jumanda’s family has been devastated.
“We had gone to the market, and we saw that she was not there,” said her husband.
“So we paid a few rupees and went to work. “
The next day, she was killed.”‘”
So we paid a few rupees and went to work.
The next day, she was killed.”‘
We were very angry’ The family’s efforts were for naught.
“On Christmas Eve she was shot in her head, and when I came back to the house, I found her lifeless body,” said one of the villagers, Anuj Kumar.
I was in tears, but I was scared. “
When I saw her, I saw that her heart was broken.
But I was not able to get any money, so I left the village and went back to my village.” “
After her death, I had to come here and tell my wife and son that I had done my best.
But I was not able to get any money, so I left the village and went back to my village.”
A week later, the Panchchais are still waiting for their money.
The money was then deposited in a bank account of the Pachchai community, but the money has been nowhere to be seen since then. “
There is no relief from the government,” said Kumar.
The money was then deposited in a bank account of the Pachchai community, but the money has been nowhere to be seen since then.
A few months ago, a local man who lives in the same village also gave up hope of receiving the money, but his family has also given up hope.
“My wife and I are living on only half of the money that we had given to the Pachi community,” he told the AFP news agency.
“It’s hard for us to live on half of what we have given to them.”‘
There is a lack of justice’ The Pachi families are not alone in their frustration.
The Panchchi community in the state of Maharashtra has faced similar woes in recent years.
Last year, the state government set up a special task force to probe the deaths of over 1,000 members of the community, a decision that sparked protests.
But the state has not been willing to cooperate with the inquiry.
“They are not doing anything,” said Panchachi district chief of the district police K K Bhatt.
“For a long time, they have been unable to answer our questions.”
A case was registered against seven of the people in the Pachuwudur case, but all the cases have been dropped.
“Even the probe report has been withdrawn,” said a police officer from Panchchalpur, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“And the case has not even been brought up in court yet.
It is a total lack of due process,” he added.
The state government has also not been providing the Pachais with any information on the cases of the other victims.
“All we have is the names of the dead and the police are not giving us any information,” said another Panchchoan.
‘The state is not giving the family any information’ The police officer’s comments echo what the Pichchai people have been saying for years. “
Only in the last few years, there has been a change in the way the investigation was carried out,” said Bhatt, who said the state’s law and justice department had already initiated a review of the inquiry in the case of the deaths.
‘The state is not giving the family any information’ The police officer’s comments echo what the Pichchai people have been saying for years.
“How many police stations do we have in Pachuwar?
What’s the case against the seven people who have been killed?
We have no case against anyone,” said K Chavarath, a Pachchi tribal elder.
“Why is the police so slow to take action?
The police do not even tell us where the case is registered.”
“We are still getting no information about the investigation,” said Maitreya. “What