A 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at her house in southwest Delhi’s Mahavir Enclave on Thursday evening reportedly because she could not withdraw money to buy a new dress.
Her family members said she had gone to withdraw cash from her mother’s account at a nearby bank a few hours ago but returned empty handed.
For over two weeks, Pooja, a class 9 student, had been desperately demanding money from her parents to buy a new dress to wear at a relative’s wedding at Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh .
But her parents - her mother is a domestic help and father a daily wager -- could not afford it.
Pooja had allegedly asked her mother to withdraw some cash as soon as possible so that her father could book train tickets to go to Jhansi for the wedding scheduled on December 13.
“Pooja was excited about attending the wedding. But there was hardly any cash in the house for shopping and booking tickets. My husband is a labourer. Since demonetisation began, he gets paid in either old notes or cheques. But I decided to take out some cash from my account to fulfil her wishes,” said her mother Sumitra.
Sumitra said that on Thursday, Pooja attended school till 2pm and later joined her in a queue outside a bank on Palam road. Sumitra had been allegedly waiting in the bank queue since 8am.
“Pooja came at the bank directly from school. As I had to get back to work, I told Pooja to stand in the queue instead and take out the cash from my account. But the bank had run out of cash by the time her turn came,” said Sumitra.
But police denied the family’s allegations. A senior police officer said Pooja had demanded R 500 from her mother to buying a new dress but she refused. This might have led her to take the extreme step, police said.
“No suicide note was found. Investigation is going on. We are verifying all allegations and questioning the family and neighbours,” the officer said.
It was around 7pm on Thursday when Pooja was allegedly found hanging from the roof of the house. She was in school uniform and had used a dupatta to hang herself.
When family members knocked on the door and Pooja didn’t open it, her younger sister Kiran went to the tin roof, peered through a hole and saw Pooja hanging. She screamed and alerted her family members. They broke into the house after removing a part of the tin roof.
Pooja was the third youngest among four siblings in the family.