#JusticeForTwinkleSharma: Everything You Need To Know About The Murder Of The 2.5-Year-Old Girl

Priyambada DubeyPriyambada Dubey  |  Jun 8, 2019
#JusticeForTwinkleSharma: Everything You Need To Know About The Murder Of The 2.5-Year-Old Girl


In an incident that has shocked the nation again, a 2.5-year-old girl in Aligarh was choked to death by a man who had a fallout with her family over a loan of Rs. 10,000. Two men from the neighbourhood, Zahid and his accomplice Aslam, have been arrested for the crime and the nation is demanding justice for the little girl.

Initial Investigations

The dead body of the victim, Twinkle Sharma, was recovered on June 2, three days after she went missing. According to the police, the accused (Zahid) had an argument with the girl’s family, a night before she went missing, over a loan amounting to Rs 10,000 that he had taken from her grandfather. The family claimed that Zahid had threatened to take ‘revenge’ from them for the ‘humiliation’ caused to him by their heated argument.

On interrogation, Zahid confessed that he had lured the girl into his house by offering her a biscuit when she was playing outside his house. He then choked her with a dupatta and hid the body in his accomplice Aslam’s house before dumping it in the garbage.

Post Mortem Report Rules Out Rape

The incident garnered national attention after the hashtag #JusticeForTwinkle and #JusticeForTwinkleSharma started trending on social media with politicians and Bollywood celebrities tweeting about it. One tweet claimed that the girl was raped and her eyes were gouged; however, the postmortem report has ruled out rape and confirmed death by strangulation. Aligarh police also confirmed that that the child’s eyes were not gouged out, but appeared so because of the decomposed state in which the body was found.

Widespread Protests

There have been widespread protests in Aligarh with people blocking the roads demanding justice for Twinkle. Following the protests, five policemen have been suspended for neglecting their duties. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have also condemned the murder and demanded the Uttar Pradesh police to punish the killers.

The Family’s Reaction

The victim’s father has threatened that he will sit on an indefinite fast if the police don’t arrest Zahid’s family. The victim’s mother has also made a serious allegation against the co-accused Aslam of raping his own 4-year-old daughter in the past. She has appealed PM Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath to award death penalty to the culprits.

Bollywood Demands Justice

B-town reacted with shock and expressed their anger over the inhuman act. Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Abhishek Bachchan, Sunny Leone and Arjun Kapoor have strongly reacted to the news.

Images: Twitter

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