Before she was killed, Shiv Nadar shooting victim told University: ‘assaulted twice in 4 months, scars on my body’
In her email sent to two senior members of the administration on March 14, Sneha wrote “He (Anuj) knows my family and has their contact details, if he wants he can contact them and if he does so, my family will not understand the situation. In fact, they will take serious and unwanted steps against me.”
Two months before she was shot dead by a fellow student inside the university campus on May 18, 20-year-old Sneha Chaurasia had written to senior members of the administration at Shiv Nadar University, detailing the alleged abuse by the accused, Anuj Kumar. Alleging that he had tried to strangle her and threatened to kill her, she had sought their intervention so that she could “feel safe and happy on campus”.
In her email sent to two senior members of the administration on March 14, Sneha alleged that Anuj had assaulted her “for the fourth time in a span of two months” and she had “scars on her body”. “Once he had held my throat so hard that it choked me to unconscious state,” she said.
On May 18, Sneha was shot dead outside the dining hall, allegedly by Anuj, who later killed himself.
Sneha’s father told on Wednesday that they have filed a complaint with police seeking registration of an FIR against the university. “The university’s failure to take timely, serious, and effective action is the reason behind my daughter’s premeditated death… I request that an FIR be registered against the accused and the university administration, and strict action is taken,” the complaint said.
Addressing the two staff members after purportedly meeting them, Sneha wrote: “As per our conversation today, I am writing this mail to bring your attention… the recent violent incident which I faced.”
In her email, reviewed by The Indian Express, she went on to inform them about her association with Anuj over a period of two years, adding that they had fallen out, after which he had allegedly tried to strangle her. “I am suffering from seriously bad mental health, I have started getting panic attacks due to all this. I genuinely want to get out of this,” she wrote.
Sneha, however, wrote that she did not want to file an official complaint against Anuj. “I don’t want to file an official complaint against him, but I want to make sure that, in any manner, he is not reachable to me or to my family. He knows my family and has their contact details, if he wants he can contact them and if he does so, my family will not understand the situation. In fact, they will take serious and unwanted steps against me,” she wrote.
Seeking their intervention, she wrote, “We both are in the same working and academic space, I really want to get out of this without involving my parents. I hope that you will devise any possible way in which I can feel safe and happy on campus.”
The Indian Express reached out to the university staff members who the email was addressed to. While one of them did not respond to calls or messages, the other said, “The case is under investigation. I’m not authorised to speak about the issue.”
The university spokesperson did not comment on the matter.
Earlier, in a 23-minute video purportedly sent to the college authorities before shooting Sneha, Anuj had mentioned that she had filed complaints against him with the administration, stating that he was harassing her.
The SHO of Dadri police station, Sujit Kumar Upadhyay, had said that the university had called Sneha and Anuj for a counselling session.