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Monday, July 4, 2011

Neeraj Grover Case: Indian Judiciary Vs. Public Outcry

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The Court’s Verdict:
The Indian Judicial System has given its verdict on the 01st of July 2011, 03 years after the brutal death, and Maria Susairaj has been set free. A Mumbai court sentenced Maria Susairaj to 03-years and her boyfriend Emily Jerome Matthew to 10 years in prison, but since Maria has already been in prison for three years, she has now been allowed to walk out free.

Maria has been set free by a Mumbai court and asked to pay Rs. 50,000 as compensation to Neeraj Grover's parents

Emily Jerome Matthew has been sentenced to 10 years in prison

Jerome and Maria in prison earlier

The People’s Verdict and Protests:

As news channels reported the verdict, there was widespread anger and disappointment among people everywhere who had been following the Neeraj Grover murder case for these last 03 years. And of course there is bound to be wide-spread criticism with this judgement, as it is justice denied to a young man who was killed in cold blood. As per a Mumbai court, Maria was only sentenced for destroying evidence, while Jerome was convicted under the less harsh 304 (1) section of Culpable Homicide not amounting to murder.

Neeraj Grover's parents break down on hearing the verdict. "If this is not murder, then where is my son?"

How can a woman who kills a young man be let off so easily? How can a person, who brutally kills and then chops up the body before burning it, be sentenced to only 10 years? What are the sentences for life imprisonment and execution reserved for then? Can there be any crime more heinous or more brutal than what Jerome has committed?

Earlier, Maria had confessed her role in the entire murder. Now, as soon she knew that Jerome was equally responsible in this, she shifted the onus of the blame on her boyfriend, conveniently changing her confessions and telling police that it was he who had done the murder, and then proceeded to rape her. Police did not find any signs of injury on her body, nor were there any marks of resistance on Jerome’s body. If it was rape, wouldn’t there be at least some form of resistance on Maria’s part? A girl who is in a committed relationship has sex with a single young man just to land herself a role, while she misleads the young man to believe that they are ‘together’, and all the while, the boyfriend in the long-distance relationship hears another male in his girl-friend’s bedroom at 2 in the night, and upon asking her to ask this man to leave, she promptly disconnects the call. And when he lands at her place before dawn, he finds them in the bedroom in a semi-naked state….doesn’t the girl have any part in the murder then? She has sex with this young man barely a couple of hours before he is killed in her own bedroom, then she has sex with her boyfriend in this very same bedroom, in front of the body of the young man with whom she had sex a while ago and then killed. Even if she says she did not kill him, she admits to picking up the chopped pieces of his body and dumping them in the bags one by one. And still the Indian Justice System feels that 03 years is punishment enough for this monster.

During the initial confessions, Jerome was simply made to look like an accomplice. Later, when Maria found her chance of dumping the ‘body’ weight on a different shoulder, she quickly chose Jerome as the scapegoat and decided she would let Jerome rot while she herself would come out clean. A man who kills a young man and then chops his body, then has sex in front of the body, before proceeding to fill up the body parts in the body and driving to find a perfect spot to burn it, is 10 years enough punishment for such a crime? Incidentally, Jerome has never given a confession, while Maria had confessed to killing Neeraj in the initial stages of the arrest.

Friends and supporters of Neeraj Grover were detained and released by the Mumbai police earlier on Sunday for protesting without permission. They were marching from Malad to Juhu when the police intercepted and detained them. The protesters were however released from custody after a few hours. They then proceeded on a two hour long march. The protest ended with a candlelight prayer and the hope that their voices will be heard.

In the meanwhile, The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has said it will hold a protest if Maria Susairaj enters the entertainment industry. MNS said that it would do its best to stop any efforts made by media houses or film directors to cast Susairaj, and for one of the very rare times, I am in complete agreement with the MNS threats and really wish they carry out what they have threatened.

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Neeraj Grover, Maria Susairaj, Emily Jerome Matthew - The Case

On a morning in May 2008, as I was sipping my morning tea with the day’s fresh news, an image of a man looked at me from between the pages. It didn’t take much to realise that this man was quite good-looking and in the prime of his youth, and his smile, that was just about to begin at the moment the picture had been clicked, was quite captivating, the smile of a young man who was happy with his life. It was then that I realised what the news was all about – about how a woman aspiring to be an actress had brutally murdered this young man, since he did not give her a break in the hindi TV industry.

On May 21, 2008, 27-year-old Maria Susairaj, a struggling wannabe Kannada actrees, along with her 25-year-old boyfriend Emily Jerome Matthew, made breaking news for 25-year-old Neeraj Grover’s brutal murder and subsequent attempt at destroying the evidence by burning the many pieces of his body. The starlet who was desperately trying to get a break in TV serials, and her boyfriend who was a bright Indian Navy officer, put an end to a young life, bringing an end to their own futures. Even as the nation was trying to believe this shocking news of how a couple could butcher a live young man for reasons so flimsy, police made the arrests and confessions and blames soon followed.

The case:
Investigations began after Neeraj Grover’s father approached the Malad police to file a missing complaint on May 07 2008. According to the police, Maria Susairaj had come to Mumbai in October 2007 and did an acting course (which she is now putting to good use in her press conferences). She then went to Bangalore, acted in 04 Kannada films, then came back to Mumbai to look for a big break. It was then that she met Neeraj Grover, who had, a few weeks ago joined as a top executive at Synergy Adlabs and was earlier working as creative head at Balaji Telefilms.
As police arrested Maria with ample evidence, she led them to an isolated spot on the outskirts of the city, a fortnight after Neeraj’s father had filed the missing complaint. The police recovered what remained of Neeraj Grover’s body – his body had been chopped into several small pieces with a kitchen knife and stashed in three duffel bags that were later burnt by the couple to destroy evidence. The police claim the couple had sex after Neeraj was killed, but this statement was later turned by Maria to ‘Emily raped me’. How convenient! And thus began her game of shifting the entire blame on her then boyfriend (I am assuming they are no longer a couple after what happened…but who knows..maybe Ram Gopal Verma will know)
According to the police, Maria started getting intimate with Neeraj to gain a role in one of his serials, and Neeraj had told his friends that he was in love with Maria. On being interrogated, Maria told the police that it was a ‘one-sided affair’.

Maria and Jerome had known each other from their schooldays and their friends say that it was hard for them to believe that Jerome, who was felicitated by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a year before the murder, and Maria, who had a bright future in acting and dancing, could be involved in such a heinous act. The introvert Jerome was the school captain and brilliant in academics, he had even won a gold medal for topping his Navy course.
Maria is the daughter of influential parents, her father is a builder in Mysore, and Jerome is the son of a retired bank clerk.
On the night of May 06 2008, Neeraj came to Dheeraj Solitaire Building in Malad (West) where Maria was shifting into a one-bedroom flat and Neeraj was supposed to help her with the shifting. As they were chatting, Maria’s boyfriend Jerome called her mobile, and overheard a voice (that of Neeraj) asking her “Is that your boyfriend?”
According to police, Jerome knew about Neeraj, but Maria had told Jerome that it was one-sided and only Neeraj had a soft corner for her. It was proven in examinations that Neeraj and Maria had sex before the murder and Jerome and Maria had sex after the murder……!
Jerome was angry at Neeraj’s presence at Maria’s place and asked her to make him leave. But she disconnected and after repeated attempts when he was unable to reach her, he called Neeraj and asked him to leave. Neeraj stayed at Maria’s flat till 04am. 03 hours later the bell rang and Maria opened the door to let in Jerome, who had taken a 03:45am Air India flight to Mumbai. When Jerome found Neeraj in her bedroom, he woke him up and the two fought bitterly before Jerome got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him in the chest, attacking him constantly till he was dead. Neeraj's last words before his last breath were a heart-rending 'Maria! Maria!' This to was confessed by Maria herself.
After this Jerome and Maria had sex. The two then decided on what would be the best way to dispose of the body - to chop him up, disposing his body parts in three duffel bags and then burning up the pieces.
Around noon, Maria went to HyperCity and bought two large bags, a large bread-knife, air fresheners and new drapes to replace the bloodstained ones at home. They had decided that she would pay cash, but when she fell short of Rs. 800 on a purchase of Rs. 2000, she used her debit card. According to her, Jerome dragged the body to the bathroom, where he chopped it into several pieces and handed it to Maria, who then put each piece in the bags. This took more than three hours and they also put the blood-soaked clothes in the bag. Maria then called a choreographer friend and borrowed his Hyundai Santro. The couple then went to the friend’s flat in an auto and returned in the car after picking petrol in a jerry-can. They brought the bags down from their home in the lift and loaded them in the car, while Maria introduced Jerome to the building watchman as her friend.
Maria confessed to the police after the arrest that while training at INS Shivaji at Lonavla, Jerome had made several trips from Mumbai to Daman and Diu and was aware of many isolated forest areas on the way. They drove for about three hours before finding an isolated spot near Manor, Thane. They then dumped the bags there and doused it with petrol.
In the evening Neeraj’s friends came to Maria’s house looking for him, but she told them he had left. She gave them his mobile phone, saying he had forgotten it. Later, she accompanied the friends to the Malad police station to report him missing. The next day she got her entire flat repainted. When the couple was called to the Malad police station the next day, he told them he was in the city for a training course, but unknown to him, the Naval authorities in Kochi had already declared him missing.
On 12th May, Maria and four friends went to the office of the police commissioner and asked for help in tracking Neeraj. After they introduced themselves, the commissioner told Maria that she had nearly helped end the search as the prime suspect was sitting in front of him. It was then that Maria broke down, and after the initial hesitation, confessed to everything.

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

Neeraj Grover Justice Denied - Ram Gopal Verma Uses Maria For Yet Another Publicity Stunt

A middle-aged loser, whose name to fame are a few forgotten movies, movies that opened to empty movie halls and helped the viewers fall asleep for a good three hours – a good deed indeed, making the stressed-out public get some rest in the hustle bustle of a busy day.

So now, this middle-aged man with a thick accent and a useless face that disgusts anyone the moment he opens his mouth to make us faint with his verbal diarrhoea, who has now had his share of putting the public to sleep with his movies is out of any more projects, the next step is to get on to subjects that are sure to grab eyeballs and give him instant free publicity.

Now that he has mastered the art of creating horrible and never-to-have-been-made movies, his next way to try and be in the limelight is to resort to cheap publicity stunts.

If you remember the horrific days when the entire nation sat glued to their TV sets, still trying to take in the tragedy brought on by the terrorists in Mumbai, where was Ram Gopal Verma? If you were watching the television then, you would have suddenly sat up and realised that Ramu was one of those along with the then Maharashtra CM VilasRao Deshmukh, who were out on a tour of the Taj hotel to see the damage left behind. The entire nation erupted in disgust and shock as we realised that Ram Gopal Verma was scouting for another eyeball-grabbing stunt to create a movie. This created much public outcry, and RGV was the reason for Vilas Rao Deshmukh stepping down as CM, something that he well deserved for doing something so uncalled-for.

And now, RGV has done it again. Without any regard for the emotions of old grieving parents who will never be able to come out of the shock of losing a strappy young boy with a promising future, and a family that has been left to grive its loss forever, Ram Gopal Verma has not only gone ahead and made a movie based on the gruesome murder of Neeraj Grover, saying it was just a bizzare coincidence that the date of the movie’s first look and the verdict clashed on the same day, he has now opened his verbal diarrhoea again and expressed his desire to cast this murderer b#$%^ Maria Susairaj in his movie. Expressing sympathy towards this killer woman, RGV says that if not for ‘this incidence’, Maria may have well been a movie star by now, and since this was not so, he will try and give her the opportunity now. By the way, ‘this incidence’ happens to be the gruesome planned murder of a young innocent man, chopping up his body into hundreds of pieces, putting it in gunny bags and disposing the parts, and then burning the body parts….but for RGV, this was just another incident that proved to be a hindrant to the aspirations of a useless woman who wanted to be an actress, but ‘ended up being labelled a murderer’ (as mentioned by RGV).

Reacting to the public outcry that came after RGV showed interest in casting Maria in a movie, Ramu said that he fails to understand the reason behind the anger, as his movie is only 'inspired' by the case, and not based on the Neeraj Grover murder. Neeraj's parents are angry and extremely hurt at this blatant use by Ramu of their tragedy to gain fame, the pain of losing their young son will never go away, but what Ramu is doing, that too without any intimation or permission from Neeraj's parents, is what hurts them most. Dismissing the Grover parents' grief as an emotional outburst, Ramu rationalizes, "How can they stop my film when it isn't their son's story? I am interested in the psychology of the case. How could sane sensible seemingly civil law-abiding citizens behave in this way? The two people who actually plotted and carried out the murder seem most incapable of such a heinous act."

And now, following in his dirty footsteps is of course the ‘creative team’ of Bigg Boss, who are planning to cast her in their next at a whopping fee ….. see, this is what a murderer is rewarded with in India. And a justice system that puts the punishment of killing a young man at 03 years.

If you feel Neeraj Grover has been denied justice, visit here and show your support. Neeraj Grover Justice Denied

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta

My Book Lover Friend From Across The Globe

Some time back I had written a post about a book I had read almost 11 years back, borrowed from a friend and read with too much interest. It was a book that was really close to my heart, but one that I had not been able to finish as the last chapters were missing, and till date I never found out about the book as even its cover and name/author pages were missing.

Every time I visited a book store I would keep scanning the cover jackets, hoping to read a description of the story I was looking for. I would ask about the book at bookstores, in the hope that someone may remember having read it or had heard about it and would finally lead me to it. I would even keep my eyes open at the re-sale bookstores, in the last hope that someone, maybe someone, would decide to part with that awesome book for some reason and I would finally get it.

None of this ever happened of course. And as I had no clue about the book except a fading storyline, I knew there was no way for me to find the book and finally, after years and years of trying, I had lost all hope.

Then, a couple of weeks back I got a mail from this wonderful lady named Kate Carpenter, who had read about this book description on this blog and referred me a name. Read more
And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta