In yet another suspected case of death due to dowry harassment, a 31-year-old woman was found dead at her in-laws’ house in Kamla Nagar on Sunday afternoon.
The victim has been identified as Ramneet Kaur, who lived with her husband and two sons (eight and five year olds). Kaur’s own family claim she was killed by her in-laws for want of dowry; the in-laws claim Kaur hanged herself from the ceiling fan for unknown reasons.
The police are waiting for the woman’s autopsy report. An inquest proceeding under section 174 of the criminal penal code has been initiated.
The police recovered a suicide note from the room in which Kaur was found dead. The note, a police official said, stated that she was depressed, disturbed and felt great guilt. Investigators have sent the suicide note to the forensic laboratory to check its authenticity and confirm if it is Kaur’s actual handwriting.
Kaur’s husband Sudeep Singh owns a bicycle bell manufacturing factory in the Wazirpur industrial area. Her father Narender Singh runs a factory that manufactures machine parts.
Narender told HT that they were informed about his daughter’s death at about 5 pm on Sunday. “I was at home when my son-in-law’s uncle Manjeet Singh telephoned me to inform that my daughter had committed suicide by hanging herself in her bedroom. By the time we reached there, they (Kaur’s in-laws) had already taken her body to the hospital. The police had also arrived there,” said Singh.
Singh and other members in his family alleged that Kaur was frequently harassed for money by her husband and in-laws. “Sudeep often forced my daughter to ask for money from us. It is a conspiracy as my daughter’s body was sent to the hospital even before we reached there,” alleged the deceased’s father.
The police claimed that they had been investigating every possible angle into the matter. “Initial investigations into the matter suggest it a case of suicide. But we will still probe it from other possible angles. We are questioning the family members and statements of both the parties have been recorded,” said Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police (North).