Thanks guys & girls it's been wonderful. We have located two lawyers thanks to your help, one of them was willing to take the case warts and all but not currently in Delhi, the other is in Delhi and also willing to take the case. I've put the lawyers in touch with her, Delhi police and each other.
We would not have been able to do this without HN on such short notice, thank you all very much.
I agree-- and yet, the most upvoted comments are the sideline comments discussing meta-aspects of the search, while the posts suggesting actual lawyers, or offering specific help, languish at the bottom.
I just went through and upvoted everybody who offered concrete help or advice.
What you see here on HN is a shadow of what is happening to my inbox and phone, it's been ringing off the hook with people offering financial support and legal advice as well as lawyers offering their services. Incredible.
My point is not that the community isn't great. It's just that upvotes are the main currency I have to meaningfully reward individuals for their contributions (which is why you've received plenty of mine over the years).
I know exactly what you mean ... I knew I couldn't really help but wanted to comment with support. I was afraid it would add to the noise and potentially obscure the valuable parts of the conversation so I simply up-voted the parent and the useful comments within the thread. In any case, I think it's amazing how well we tend to get along ... and how well we cover the world. Someone is always awake on HN!
I just saw the threat right now. I'm based out of Delhi. I'm glad you have found a lawyer. But I know two good ones in Delhi, and will generally be _very_ willing to help. I'm reachable at +91-98682-21372 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to pass my details to your friends. I'd love to help anyway I can.
It is to some extent. Normally I'd be very much in favor of doing that but in this particular case the main protagonist has for now more to lose than to gain from becoming cause celebre. The best thing in this particular case (which has only losers) is for the whole thing to go away and for her to continue her life. Corruption fighting is high priority but not as high as her continued safety and well-being.
Jacques, I think you misunderstood me. Since, corruption is one of the key motive of this case you could piggyback on IAC's stand against corruption to get your problem solved. However, since media expose in an issue (which I did not know about earlier) it does not sound like a good idea. Please keep us updated. I have no political connections in Delhi but can help you with information.
> Why are you holding back information deliberately?
Because her privacy matters a great deal to us. This is not just any ordinary person and it would harm rather than help if this blew up in the media.
> You say she was completely innocent, then why hide the story?
Because even people that are innocent are not always benefiting from having their plight spread out for all the world to see.
> We all at HN, have no idea what the case is.
No, you are wrong in that. There are a few HN'ers that know the real identity and some of the details behind this (pg for one). And I'm pretty sure they'd agree that keeping her identity a secret is of paramount importance with respect to her safety.
> So how can you expect help in such circumstances?
Well, I gambled (rightly it appears) that HN would be capable of judging for itself whether or not we were sincere in our appeal for help and that we had weighed properly the decision to keep her identity a secret.
> We all can make a much bigger difference, if we know the true story behind.
No, you could not. It would satisfy some curious people but it would not make a material difference. If this situation is not resolved in a positive way in short order and with the main protagonists' permission we may still have to do this, but if and when that happens it means we have lost the current battle.
> Get the story to the Front Page, someone will push to the right person and the media will act fast.
It may come to that yet. Better hope with us that it will not come to that.