Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced Monday he’ll attempt to hold back $27 million in federal aid to Nepal in an effort to force the government there to cooperate in a full investigation into the death of a Syosset native.
Bhoomika Kochhar Jatia, 25, grew up in Syosset and attended Boston University but had been living with her husband Akaash Jatia and his family in Nepal since 2011.
Her family said they suspect foul play in Bhoomika’s June 15 death, but authorities in Nepal have labeled it a suicide.
“You shouldn’t be able to get U.S. citizens’ money if you can’t ensure U.S. citizens justice,” Rep. Israel said. “I will call for a hold or a suspension of all or part of that $27 million until the U.S. Embassy can certify that there was an investigation, that it was full, fair and honest.”
As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, family members allege Bhoomika was being abused by her husband at the time of her death.
Bhoomika’s sister said shortly after moving to Nepal, Bhoomika realized her mistake.
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