A 31-year-old doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) allegedly committed suicide by slashing her wrist at a hotel room in central Delhi’s Paharganj on Sunday.
In a four-page suicide letter and a note on her Facebook page, Priya Vedi said her husband was a homosexual and accused him of mentally torturing her for dowry. Her husband who is also an AIIMS doctor was arrested on Sunday afternoon.
According to the note posted on the doctor’s Facebook page, Priya and her husband were married for five years but did not consummate the marriage. “We don’t have any physical relation till now… I found a fake gmail account in his laptop in which he was doing chatting with his gay friends and these messages were before of our marriage (sic),” the note said.
“In spite of knowing this I decided to help him to b as a wife with him. But he tortured me a lot mentally… And at last night he tortured me emotionally so I am unabl to take breath with him… You are not a human being you are a devil, who take away my life from me (sic),” the note added.
Priya, a senior resident doctor at AIIMS, checked into the hotel at around 11:30am on Saturday. According to a senior police official, her husband lodged a missing person’s complaint around the same time. Investigations led police to the hotel on Sunday where Priya was found dead with her wrist slit. Police said she had submitted her driving license as ID proof to rent a room at the hotel.
“She called everyone in the family from the hotel room informing them about the suicide. On Friday, she told us that problems could not be solved. She said that about 15 days ago, she was forcibly given sleeping pills by her husband. We tried stopping her from ending her life but she did not pick up her phone,” said Rishab, Priya’s cousin.
Police said while her husband admitted their marriage was going through a rough patch, he rejected all other charges against him.
While her family frantically tried to reach her after receiving the call, her phone was found to be ‘busy or on another call’.
Vedi reportedly even informed her husband without revealing the hotel’s name she was calling from. Family members suspect she may have killed herself while talking on the phone.
“Priya was tracked to the hotel using her mobile phone location. She had used her driving licence to check-in. We forcefully entered the room after several failed attempts to get her to open the door,” said a senior police official.
According to senior police sources, the husband was arrested based on the suicide note and a complaint filed by the woman’s parents. “We have arrested her husband and registered a case under sections 498A (demanding dowry) and 304B (dowry death) of the IPC. Further enquiry has also been initiated in the case,” said DCP (central) Parmaditya.
Originally from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Priya had been married for five years. Her husband is a senior resident doctor at AIIMS. Both of them lived on the hospital campus. Police said her husband registered a missing person’s complaint with them.
According to Priya’s family members, she told them about her husband’s sexual orientation around two years ago.
“The families then met and had a discussion. It was sorted because Priya had agreed to accept her husband. However, she was tortured from that day. On Friday, there was another fight and she told her parents about it. Everyone was figuring out a solution when this happened,” said Rishab.
Initial investigation revealed Priya and her husband had a heated argument on Friday which instigated her to leave her house. “She left around 11am on Saturday. According to the Facebook note, she was still alive at around 2.45pm.
Priya was the daughter of a tailor, who stitched clothes in Laxmangarh. She was cremated on Sunday.