Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00
The Kochhar family of Syosset is calling on the Government of Nepal to fully cooperate in a full and impartial investigation into the tragic June 15 death of their daughter, Bhoomika, who was living with her husband, Akaash Jatia, and his family in Nepal.
“I am committed to doing everything in my power to make sure they get the answers they need,” said Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who is supporting their efforts. “That’s why I’m calling on the Government of Nepal to cooperate in a full and impartial investigation. Although there’s nothing we can do to bring Bhoomika back, we must make sure that her family is provided with both closure and justice.”
The Kochhar family released the following statement: “We are devastated by the death of our daughter and sister, Bhoomika, and thank everyone for their condolences during this tragic time. We seek justice and want to know what led to Bhoomika’s death. We will continue to do everything in our power to get the answers we deserve.”
Bhoomika, an American citizen, married into the Jatia family in January 2011 and moved to Nepal to live with her husband and in-laws, as is customary for families of Indian origin. Her body was found in her apartment in Nepal on June 15, and many unanswered questions surround her death. The Kochhar family has claimed that their daughter was abused by her in-laws, and is asking for a full investigation by the Nepalese authorities. The Government of Nepal has indicated that the Kochhar family must file a First Information Report (FIR) in Nepal in order to begin an investigation.
Israel has called on the government of Nepal to allow the Kochhar family to file the FIR on Nepali soil at the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C., given the complexities of the case.
Israel has also reached out to the Government of India to request that they cooperate with the Kochhar family as they explore the rights afforded to them by Indian law. The family intends to look into the illegality of the dowry that was demanded of them and claims domestic abuse and possible abetment to suicide by the Jatias.