“Too Bold For A Small Town Like Aligarh” – Murdered Woman Lived Life On Her Own Terms

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2:03 pm 15 May, 2015


She came into the limelight in 2006 when she sat all alone on a dharna, in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s residence, alleging sexual harassment. Asma Javed, 28, ran for the student body President at Aligarh Muslim University in 2011. She was found murdered in mysterious circumstances in her apartment in Aligarh on Wednesday, reports The Hindu.

The Aligarh Police, who broke into her home and found her decomposed body, said they are likely to arrest Javed, a property dealer, said to be her live-in partner, in connection with the murder.

She got married in 2010, but within six months, her husband left for South America without telling her. A few months ago, she had filed a complaint against a prominent businessman for rape on the pretext of marriage but later, due to pressure, she withdrew it.

Asma, will be remembered as a vocal activist of women’s rights. Most people — her classmates and fellow research scholars — say, “she was too bold for a small town like Aligarh.” Her murder has got the entire city divided. Shadab Bano, a faculty member of the Department of History of AMU Women’s College, said:

“She had the guts to do things she felt passionate about. And the kind of strong woman she was, she also got her demands met.”

Shahbaz Ali Khan, Asma’s classmate in MA from the Department of Hindi, said:

“The tragedy of her life is that the small town like Aligarh judged her when she was alive and now that she is dead, people are passing moral judgments over the way she lived. We as a society can become very insensitive to the choices a woman makes in her life.”

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