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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 2:03 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 2:03 AM (IST)

Despite court order, widow fails to get death certificate

Writes to CM seeking action against Nagar Council staff
Despite court order, widow fails to get death certificate
Dirba resident Nisha Rani with her daughter. Tribune photo

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, February 13

Despite a court order, Nisha Rani has been running from pillar to post to get the death certificate of her husband Sanjeev Goyal, who went missing in 2007.

In 2016, a Sunam court passed orders to issue Sanjeev’s death certificate to help Nisha avail benefits like government pension and others. However, employees at the death and birth registrar office under the Nagar Council (NC) have been allegedly harassing her.

Irked, today she wrote to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and demanded immediate action against all employees concerned.

She said her husband went missing on September 2, 2007, from Dirba and a FIR was lodged in the Dirba police station on September 3, 2017. After waiting for mandatory nine years to file an appeal to get declared missing as dead, she filed an appeal in the court.

“I filed a civil suit in the court on October 14, 2015. On August 31, 2016, the court declared my husband dead. Within a week I submitted all documents in the Sunam office for the death certificate of my husband. I even submitted a self-declaration to clarify some objections on July 21, 2017. I am still awaiting the certificate,” said Nisha, while sitting with her 11-year-old daughter.

“Due to lack of death certificate, neither I am getting pension, nor can I apply for any government post in the widow category. There is no one in our family to support us,” she added.

Executive Officer (EO) of the Sunam Nagar Council Rakesh Kumar confirmed that the matter was in his knowledge.

“The officers concerned told me that there is some technical error in her case. I will look into the matter for the issuance of her husband’s death certificate at the earliest,” he said.

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