Mangalore, Feb 27: "Your sister is coming from Udupi in sometime, she will bring you chocolates..." even as the mother said this to her younger son, Soumya's brother, the family received the shocking news of their daughter's murder, on February 25 in Bantwal.
The little boy who was looking forward to seeing his sister was speechless when he saw her dead body instead. Soumya's mother, three sisters and father were pushed into deep sorrow and shock and are struggling to come to terms with the situation.
Soumya, a young girl from a poor family, who aspired to be a teacher, lost her life as she could not defend herself against the animal behaviour of the accused man. The crime spot has reportedly revealed that she had in fact valiantly tried to resist him, but in vain. Though the suspect has been arrested, it is hardly any consolation for the parents who have lost their daughter for no fault of hers.
Believe it or not, at the young age of just 22, Soumya was the backbone and support of her family, to the extent that the family even began building a house with loans, as Soumya had promised her mother that she would repay them with her earnings. She had recently got a job in Manipal, with a salary of Rs 8,000. Her father Sitaram Purusha is a drummer, whose job is not regular and neither is it enough to look after the family of five children. Soumya was the eldest, followed by Divya (19), who studied till SSLC and is now engaged in a meagre tailoring work; Maithri (17) who is pursuing her PU, Lohith (14) who is in standard 9 and Asha (11), who is currently staying with her grandparents.
Speaking to Daijiworld, their neighbour Ramesh Holla, who works in a bank, said that Soumya was very good in studies and was ambitious. "It was her dream to give a good life to her parents and siblings. She wanted to make their lives comfortable, especially as her father did not do so," he said.
For this purpose, Soumya had even rejected marriage proposals twice. "She had proposals for marriage twice, but both times she rejected. She was determined to earn and make her family's life better, and settle in life only after she had achieved her dream. She wanted to ensure that her siblings get good education, and the family, a roof over their heads," Holla said.
The family even began constructing a house with hopes pinned on Soumya. In fact, Ramesh Holla had suggested to Soumya's mother Nalinakshi that the family could obtain funds under a government housing scheme, and Holla himself donated some amount for the house. Soumya had promised her mother that she would repay all the loans, and the construction for the house had begun. Now, the house lies half-constructed, while the family continues to live in a pitiable shelter.
"She was the hope of the family," said Holla.
Today, a poor innocent girl has lost her life for no fault of hers. Her dreams have been shattered by a man who does not deserve any sympathy. If we do not wake up now against such crimes, tomorrow one more similar news may appear and the vicious circle will continue.
Help for Soumya's family :
After the extensive report on daijiworld, on learning about the financially poor background of the family, many readers contacted daijiworld offering help and requesting bank details.
Below are the bank account details of Soumya's mother Nalinakshi :
IFSC code: VIJB0001105
W/o Sitaram Purusha
Bantwal taluk - 574 253