Investigations revealed that Shraddha Walkar was murdered and chopped to pieces by her live-in boyfriend Aftab Ameen Poonawala and was hospitalized in Mumbai two years ago with internal injuries.
Call center worker Shraddha Walkar, 26, at a hospital in Vasai, near Mumbai, from December 3-6, 2020. It was the latest sign of a deeply abusive, abusive relationship that ended in murder.
A photo shared by Shraddha’s friend showed bruises on her nose, cheeks and neck, but it was not clear if it was taken while she was in hospital.
Her friend Rahul Rai said the photo was taken in 2020 when Shraddha went to the police station to complain about being beaten by Aftab. “I took her to the police station. He attacked her two or three times. She had a deep gash on her neck, as if he had tried to strangle her. The police persuaded Shraddha to go home even though she was terrified,” Rai said. said Mr.
When she was hospitalized in December of that year, there were no visible injuries, but doctors said she had severe back pain, trauma and “internal injuries” that suggested she had fallen or suffered violence at home.
“She suffered from spinal disease and trauma. There was no trauma, only internal trauma,” said Shivprasad Shinde, the doctor who treated her at Ozone Multispecialty Hospital.
“She never came back for follow-up care,” Dr Shinde told NDTV.
The hospital report listed “severe back pain, nausea, neck pain, difficulty moving the neck, tingling and numbness in the lower extremities.” The hospital recommended a back screening for her.
Friends of Shraddha told police she was often subjected to domestic violence.
Her college friend Rajat Shukla told NDTV of her call for help months before she was killed.
“She was physically abused. She told her best friend about it. We were told the same thing because we were part of the same circle of friends,” Rajat Shukla told NDTV.
Shraddha met Aftab Poonawala, 28, on the dating app Bumble three years ago. They used to fight a lot.
On May 18, Aftab allegedly strangled Shraddha after a dispute over fees and cut her body into 35 pieces, which he kept in a 300-litre freezer at his rented apartment in Chatapur, South Delhi. .
He allegedly dumped the remains of his body in a nearby forest for 18 days, leaving his home at 2am every night.
Rajat Shukla said Aftab often attacked Shraddha. “It started with some complications and the beating started. She shared it with her best friend. However, she continued to be with him. She said she wanted to leave him, but she didn’t,” he said.
Mr Shukla, who met Shraddha at university in 2015, said she feared for her life. “She (Shraddha) asked her childhood friend to save her, otherwise she would be found dead,” he said.