Sudiksha/Sudeeksha Bhati was an Indian student studying in the USA on scholarship. On 10 August 2020, she died in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh due to eve-teasing by two local boys.
Sudeeksha was born in 2000 (age 20 years; at the time of death) Deri-Skaner, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. She did her schooling from Vidya Gyan School, Bulandshahr; an initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, Bulandshahr. She scored 98% in her 12th standard exams in Humanities stream and was the topper in her district. Later, she received a scholarship of Rs. 3.80 crores from Bobson College in the USA. She completed a four-week pre-college program at Lehigh University, USA. She was pursuing her graduation from Global Business Management and Finance from Bobson College in the USA. Navbharat Times
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
She was born in a poor family. Her father, Jeetendra Bhati used to run a small tea stall in Bulandshahr. She was the eldest of her six siblings. Her paternal uncle’s name is Satendra Bhati.
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, she had returned from the USA to her hometown. Reportedly, on Monday, 10 August 2020, she was going to her maternal uncle’s house on a motorcycle with her paternal uncle. On her way, two local boys on their Royal Enfield Bullet started following her and eve-teasing her. The local boys tried to overtake the motorcycle several times; due to which Sudeeksha’s uncle lost control, and she fell off the motorcycle, and her head hit hard on the road; due to which she lost her life. Whereas, her father said that it was a murder, not an accident. Navbharat Times
Additional Superintendent of Police of Bulandshahr Police said,
The Aurangabad Police Station received a notification that a road accident has occurred.” Police reached the spot. It was found that Sudiksha was going to her maternal uncle’s house with her uncle, this accident happened there. The brother and eyewitnesses were interrogated to say that a bullet motorcycle was going from the front. Bullet motorcycle took a break due to traffic, the motorcycle collided with the siblings due to the brake. The girl died tragically after colliding. The body was sent for postmortem and proceedings are on. At that time, the girl’s brother or no one had told about the molestation. Advance action is on.”
- Her family and friends used to call her ‘Sonu.’
- She was selected by an institute in Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (Lehigh University, USA) for their summer program, and went abroad for the first time. She was among the 76 students who were selected from India. After, she started preparing for the exams like the SAT and TOEFL.
- She was honoured by the former UP CM, Akhilesh Yadav.
- In an interview, she had shared that her financial condition was not good, she said,
My school fees were not paid for a year. In Class 2 I Was a topper but I was told that I would give the trophy and report card only when I would pay the fees. Initially I was very angry with my father and blamed him for not being able to read. But a few days later I took admission in a government school.”
- She used to teach poor students during her holidays in her hometown.
- She had started ‘Voice of Women’ to support girls. In an interview, she said,
It is an initiative a small door-to-door campaign in my village and neighbouring areas to convince parents to send their girls to schools and also campaign against eve-teasing.”