LUCKNOW: Farhat Naqvi, the sister of Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, was threatened at a crowded place, in broad daylight and only a few metres away from the police post in the heart of Bareily by three unidentified miscreants on Saturday.
Farhat Naqvi is a social worker and runs a foundation for triple talaq victims in western UP. On Saturday at 3 pm, when Farhat — who runs Mera Haq Foundation — was on her way to meet the senior superintendent of police in connection with a case, her car was overtaken by another vehicle and was stopped near Bareilly DM’s office.
Farhat, a resident of Gadheya locality under Qila police station, said that after stopping her vehicle, one of the three miscreants alighted their car and allegedly abused her and threatened to kill her if she did not “mend her ways”.
Before Farhat could understand anything the three sped away towards Ayyub Khan road.Reportedly, the miscreants also made obscene gestures and spoke in an objectionable language. Farhat, however, could not identify the people in the car or the car’s registration number.
Farhat Naqvi immediately went to the local police station and lodged a complaint. Farhat mentioned in her complaint that she did not know why was she abused and handed out a life threat neither did the miscreants give any reason for their brazenness.
“However, it could be a handiwork of the family members of any of the triple talaq victims Farhat Naqvi fights for,” said a police official. It could also be those who object to her work, he added.
As the probe into the incident took off, the cops discovered that the CCTV cameras installed on the round-about and which could have caught the incident was not functional at the time of incident due to power cut.
Farhat Naqvi, who lives in Kila area of Bareilly, was divorced by her husband for giving birth to a girl child. She now reportedly runs a social group, which provides legal help to the divorced women especially victims of domestic violence and triple talaq.