A 28-year-old woman, allegedly raped by her husband's brother-in-law a week ago, committed suicide in the Bawana area of outer Delhi on Friday night. After the accused’s wife learnt about the incident, she, too, tried to kill herself. The accused has been arrested.
“Pradeep and his wife, Neeta (name changed), have been living in Nangla village of Bawana for the past 12 years. Pradeep’s sister, Sangeet (name changed), was married to Bittu, who used to visit them often. Last week, when he came to their house, Neeta told him that Pradeep was out and it was then that he raped her,” said a police officer, who did not want to be named.Bittu threatened her with dire consequences if she talked about the incident to anyone.
“Nearly a week after the incident, Neeta consumed some poisonous substance on Friday, after which she was taken to the Valmiki Hospital,” the official added. In her statement to the police and doctors, she said she was raped by her relative which forced her to take the extreme step.
“She died soon after giving the statement and we sent a team to arrest Bittu. Sangeet too got to know about the incident. Ashamed of her husband's act, she consumed a poisonous substance,” he said. Sangeet is recuperating in a hospital and is out of danger.
The medical examination of Neeta has confirmed rape. “We have recorded Pradeep’s statement and a case has been registered against Bittu. He has been arrested,” he added.