Kaurab Pandey’s heart sank when she learned her daughter, Anjana, had died on September 3, the day she gave birth to her second child.
Pandey, now 35, told The Associated Press that her daughter died in a rural district in the western Indian state of Haryana.
“I felt very angry, like I was being punished,” Pandey said.
She had tried to reach out to the family for weeks.
But when her daughter’s death was reported, her anger turned into frustration.
When the family returned from their wedding, the couple had been given only a paper to sign.
At the time, she didn’t know about the pending investigation, so she called the police and was told they would not do anything about the case.
Instead, the family was given a letter, signed by the district administration.
The letter said that since the couple’s family had signed the letter, they would be “relying upon the administrative authority” to handle the case, according to the district police.
It also said the couple was “not aware of any legal proceedings being taken against them.”
Pandey said the letter was sent “without a legal authority.”
She believes the district’s administration “could have done more to help us” but said the family could not have known that the case was pending.
Pandey said she wants the government to investigate the death of her daughter and ensure that “there is justice for our family.”
Panday said she has been working to bring more transparency to the Indian legal system and has petitioned the Indian Supreme Court to investigate what happened to her daughter.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday said that while the government would be in touch with the Pandes to find out what happened, the state government has “no further comment” on the matter.
Read more about the Pandey family and their plight in the AP’s ongoing coverage of the pandemic.
Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report.