A 31-year-old government school teacher of Saradarpura Colony village, Lalru, committed suicide at her residence here on Tuesday. Rupinderjit Kaur’s body was found hanging with a duppatta tied to a ceiling fan. Victim’s parents alleged that she was murdered by her in-laws.
On the complaint of victim’s father Dilawar Singh, the police booked her husband Kulwinder Singh; his brother, a police officer, Trilok Singh; sister-inlaw Jasbir Kaur; and mother-inlaw Sheela Kaur, on charges of dowry death.
According to the police, Kaur, a resident of Sector 78, got married to Kulwinder Singh of Lalru in 2008. Both were government teachers, and had a four-year-old son Noor.
Kaur was posted at Government Elementary School, Gholumajra, while Kulwinder taught at a school in Mianpur.
The couple lived in a joint family with Kulwinder’s two elder brothers. The eldest brother, assistant-sub inspector (ASI) Trilok Singh, is posted as an incharge of a Suvidha Centre at Dera Bassi.
Rupinder’s father alleged that she was murdered as her in-laws continuously harassed her for dowry.
Besides, the couple also had a dispute over alleged illicit relations of Kulwinder. The matter was brought to the Women Cell and both were undergoing counselling.
Dilawar said Rupinder complained of harassment by her in-laws telephonically at 8.30pm on Monday, and later, they came to know that she ended her life.
Lalru station house officer ( SHO) Gurjit Singh said Kulwinder informed that his wife had bolted the door of her room from inside, and was not responding.
The police reached the spot and broke open the door only to find her body hanging with a duppatta at around 9pm. No other family member was present at home then.
The body was pulled down and sent to Derabassi civil hospital, where a board of three doctors conducted an autopsy on Tuesday.
Noor, Rupinderjit’s son, was handed over to her parents after their repeated requisitions. All the accused are still at large, said the SHO.