Please see below statement we would like to make about our daughter, Bhoomika Kochhar Jatia, Age 25, who died suspiciously in Kathmandu Nepal on June 15, 2013. Bhoomika was brought up in New York, USA bearing a U.S. citizenship and married Akaash Jatia, residing in Kathmandu, in January of 2011. Akaash Jatia and Bhoomika met in Boston University where they both studied together for 4 years.
Bhoomika was a beautiful person and was a wonderful daughter, sister and friend. Her death has come as a shock to all of us who know her and love her and we are still searching for answers. Bhooma was smart, confident and strong and had a very bright future.
Unfortunately, Bhoomika was mistreated by her husband,Akaash Jatia, and by other members of the Jatia family, including Neeta Jatia and Anil Jatia, beginning at almost the moment she gave up her career and her life in the United States and moved to Katmandu. More recently, Bhoomika was planning to make significant changes, including a permanent return home to the United States to continue to pursue her education in public health. She had spoken to many people who were close to her about those plans and was excited and upbeat about the prospect of making a fresh start.
A multitude of unusual and suspicious circumstances - - including the conduct by Akaash Jatia and members of the Jatia family both before and after her death and conflicting accounts given by witnesses - - suggest that Bhoomika’s death was not a suicide. We will not rest until the authorities in Nepal conduct a full, fair and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.
The Jatia family are Indian citizens and Bhoomika was born in India and was a Person of Indian origin. We are requesting the help of the Indian government to stand by us as we explore our legal rights in India and seek justice for Bhoomika at all levels.
We are requesting you join us in this effort and together we will do all that is in our power, both in the United States, India and Nepal, to help ensure that justice is done.
- The Kochhar Family
Here are some websites where you can obtain additional information on Bhoomika:
Facebook: Remembering Bhoomika Kochhar
Wall Street Journal:
"NY congressman asks Nepal to aid death probe"
"Bhoomika tried to make things work"
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