“I won’t be able to make it today because from all the beating” Shradha’s Plea In WhatsApp Chat to Manager

Shradha's friends have told the police that she routinely suffered domestic violence at Aftab's hands.

Chilling details are emerging on the Delhi murder case of Shradha Walkar, who was killed by her live-in partner Aftab Poonawala, which suggests she was a victim of regular and severe domestic violence and tried to break up with him on several occasions.

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Shraddha Walkar chat with her work manager

WhatsApp conversations and Instagram chats with friends and co-workers from two years ago show that she was once beaten so severely by Aftab that she could not even get up from the bed and later has to be hospitalized.

“I won’t be able to make it today because from all the beating yesterday my BP is low and my body hurts. I don’t have the energy to get off the bed,” she wrote to her work manager in the WhatsApp chat, attaching a photo of her face with injury marks. Screenshots of the conversations are now with Delhi Police and are corroborated by her hospital admission around the same time.

These chats are from when they lived together in their hometown Vasai near Mumbai, and reveal a pattern of abuse that ended up in murder in May this year, said police.

Shardha told the manager she needed to “make sure he (Aftab) moves out today” and referred to having spoken to his parents too, in the chat from November 24, 2020, which suggests that they’d probably broken up in between.

The manager asked for her “husband’s name”, which suggests she’d told her office that they were married. “Don’t worry. We are all with you,” the friend responded, telling her he could ask his mother and sister to help her too.

Shraddha Walkar injury
Shraddha Walkar injury

In an Instagram chat with a friend, the friend noticed injuries when Shraddha shared a photo to show off a new hairstyle. Shraddha said her nose got fractured because she “tripped while climbing the stairs”.

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Shraddha Walkar Instagram Chat
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Around a week after this, she was in a private hospital in Vasai between December 3 and 6, records show. The doctor there said Shraddha had “only internal injuries” at the time. The hospital report listed “severe back pain, nausea, neck pain, difficulty in movement of the neck, and tingling and numbness in lower limb”. She did not go there for a follow-up.

Rahul Rai, her friend, has said he’d gone with her to the police and the hospital. “He (Aftab) had attacked her two-three times. There was a deep mark on her neck as if he had tried to strangle her. The police had persuaded Shraddha to go home, though she was terrified,” claimed Mr. Rai.

Her friends have told the police that she routinely suffered domestic violence at Aftab’s hands.

“She kept saying she’d leave Aftab. But she did not,” said her friend from college, Rajat Shukla, about her SOS months before she was killed. “She was physically abused. She told her best friend. Since we were a part of the same friend circle, we were informed about the same.”

Shraddha, 26, and Aftab, 28, both call centre employees, had moved to Delhi in May. Four days later, following yet another argument over expenses and infidelity, he strangled her to death, later chopping up the body into 35 pieces that he kept in a fridge and disposed of in a jungle over 18 days, police have said.

The crime was revealed over the past month as her father — who hadn’t spoken to her since May 2021 as he didn’t approve of her inter-faith relationship with Aftab — went to the police as her friends alerted him that she’d been out of touch with them, too, for months.

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