BJP leader's sister, an anti-triple talaq activist, receives death threats
Union minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's sister was waylaid and given death threats by three men in the city of Bareilly in UP. 35 year-old Farhat Naqvi runs the Mera Haq Foundation, an NGO working for women affected by triple talaq. The incident happened while she was on her way back home at around 12.30 pm in the afternoon.
Farhat Naqvi's statement
"...The car then closed in further, and the man threatened to kill me. There were three men in the car. The police outpost was close by, and I tried raising the alarm, but the men fled," said Farhat Naqvi in a statement.
No clear motives for threat, says Naqvi
Farhat Naqvi said that she did not know the reason behind the death threats. The men, according to her, did not provide any details or ask her to back down from any particular initiative. It is possible that the death threat was given by people who are opposed to her anti-triple talaq work in general, or by a family affected by it.
Farhat Naqvi was stalked a month ago
"About a month ago, I was stalked in the court premises. I had dismissed it back then as a minor incident, and chose not to report it to the police. But this time around, there was a brazen attempt to intimidate me...," added Naqvi.
CCTV footage missing due to power cut
In a recent initiative, CCTV cameras were installed in Bareilly to improve women's security in public spaces. Ironically, however, the cameras which could have aided in apprehending the suspects, were not functioning due to a power cut in the area. No power back up was available. The police are now looking into the incident to try and identify the suspects.