Lawyers in Saket court gathered today and have demanded death penalty for Aaftab Poonawala who murdered his partner Shraddha Walkar six months ago.
According to TV reports, the lawyers in Saket court started sloganeering against Poonawala and demanded death penalty for him. The demand came moments before the trial was set to begin for extension of his remand.
Reportedly, counsel requested presenting Aaftab virtually given the unrest in the court and the judge agreed understanding the gravity of the case. Thus, he will be produced before the court virtually at 4 pm.
The visuals from the same have surfaced on social media wherein the lawyers can be heard sloganeering, "Shraddha ke hathyare ko phaansi do [We demand death penalty for Shraddha's killer]" and "Aaftab ko phaansi do [Hang Aaftab to death]". Some lawyers were also heard saying, "Love Jihadiyon ko phaansi do [Hang to death the love jihadis]".
Shraddha Walkar murder case
Since the case was reported about, it has reignaited the debate on social media over "love jihad", term right-wing uses to accused Muslim men of luring Hindu women and convert them to Islam.
Shraddha Walkar's murder case, by the right wing is being dubbed as an act of Love Jihad.
Poonawala and Walkar had met on a dating app and had been living together since 2019. They moved to Delhi earlier this year from Mumbai. Poonawala killed her in May after a heated argument and reportedly cut her in 35 pieces. Many blood curdling details of the case have surfaced since the case was first reported on.
Poonawala for six months had been keeping up the facade that Shraddha is alive and in an ttempt to conceal the murder had burnt her face before disposing it off while he threw other parts of her body in forest hoping animals will eat them.
Shraddha Walkar's friends have also alleged that Poonawala used to beat her up often and that he had planned to kill her earlier as well but did because she got emotional.