L.I. family of woman who died in Nepal wants answers - FOX 35 News Orlando

L.I. family of woman who died in Nepal wants answers

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Priyanka Puri told reporters on Monday that she heartbroken over the loss of her beautiful younger sister, Bhoomika Kochhar, 25. The family from Syosset, Long Island, has many unanswered questions surrounding Bhoomika's death in Nepal.

Bhoomika was well educated. She had a family in the United States that loves her. She had a bright future ahead of her. Instead of planning for that bright future, Bhoomika's family is in mourning after she died last month in Nepal.

Bhoomika moved there to be with her husband, Akaash Jatia, who she met while studying at Boston University. The two fell in love. Despite the reluctance of her parents, they got married in an extravagant affair in Nepal in 2011. The pictures were even featured in a wedding magazine.

But things quickly changed.

Priyanka said her sister's marriage was filled with abuse at the hands of her husband and his parents.

"We have learned that she was regularly and persistently yelled at, locked in rooms, denied food, ridiculed and demeaned, restricted in movements outside the home and subject to mean-spirited discipline," Priyanka said.

The Kochhar family said Bhoomika was unhappy so she was planning to end the marriage and come home. Then on June 15 Bhoomika was found dead inside her home in Nepal. Police ruled the death a suicide.

But her family says the details simply do not add up, especially the suspicious behavior of Bhoomika's husband, Akash, and his family.

"On the day of Bhoomika's death, Akash Jatia brought her to a hospital but provided a false name for Bhoomika and a false identity for himself," Priyanka said. "To this day no member of the Jatia family has contacted my mother my brothers or sisters or I. No one attended the funeral services for my sister."

The Kochhar family recently contacted Rep. Steve Israel to help get the government of Nepal to investigate this tragedy.

"I am going to seek a suspension of a scheduled U.S. assistance bill, foreign aid to Nepal, until the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu can certify there is a full and fair investigation into the death of Bhoomika Kochhar," the congressman said.

There has been an outpouring of support on social media. The Facebook page "Remembering Bhoomika Kochhar" has thousands of "likes."

As the Kochhar family mourns Bhoomika's death, they say they are hoping to get some answers.

They're ultimately hoping for justice for Bhoomika. They say she didn't deserve to be mistreated.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:48:14 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
  • Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:23:04 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their five-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer.  Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway on June 1, 2014.  On May 19 he ended up having to have surgery on his liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and lymph nodes after doctors found out he had a large cancerous tumor growing inside of his liver.
  • Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:56:40 GMT
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices