'Mute Spectators Deprived Us Of Our Daughter', Says Murdered Chennai Techie's Father

28/06/2016 7:03 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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The father of 24-year-old S Swathi, the Infosys employee who was hacked to death on Friday morning at a railway station in Chennai, blamed the inaction of 'mute spectators' for the death of his daughter. Swathi was allegedly hacked to death by a stalker while she was on her way to work, and according to her father, people who had witnessed the attack walked away without intervening,

In an interview with NDTV, Swathi’s father Santhana Gopala Krishnan said, "Mute spectators have deprived us of the chance to see our daughter.”

According to her father, Swathi, a ‘very tender-hearted girl’ wanted to donate her organs.

"If we had her organs, we would have given it to people in need. And looking at them, I could have told myself she is still alive, with us,” he said.

Swathi’s body was retrieved after hours by the police.

"If anybody had reacted, or countered (the attack), it could have been averted. I don't know...due to aversion or some kind of selfishness...they didn't. We should not be like that," the father told NDTV.

The police was pulled up the Madras High Court yesterday and it has been asked to nab the culprit within two days or face action for ‘slackness’.

"Where were your police officers? Swathi's body was lying like an exhibition for two hours. Even the dead have got right to dignity under the Constitution," the court asked the police.

The police has released a footage of the culprit who is seen walking briskly with a backpack in one clip while running away from the station in another.

"The police have assured us they will catch the killer. We have full faith in them," Swathi's father said while agreeing that there were major security lapses that contributed to the crime. "The security lapses are understood by all people. Even the police were not available at the time," he added.

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