Four days after bureaucrat BK Bansal and his son Yogesh committed suicide and left behind a handwritten note, accusing CBI officers of harassment; the Delhi police are yet to register an FIR.
Hindustan Times lists seven suicide cases, including three reported this year, where police not only registered an FIR but also arrested those named in the notes. These cases were widely reported by newspapers and news channels.
July 31, 2016
The Delhi police arrested AAP MLA Sharad Chauhan and party worker Ramesh Bhardwaj for the suicide of a woman AAP volunteer. Days before consuming poison, the woman had filed a complaint against them and also named Bhardwaj in a video, she recorded, before ending her life.
April 30, 2016
An inspector was arrested for the suicide of a 25-year-old woman who consumed poison outside the Tis Hazari court. Inspector Dinesh Kumar, station house officer of Vijay Vihar police station, was arrested after police found a five-page suicide notice accusing the inspector of torture and harassment.
March 25, 2016
Priyanka Sharma, 27, a former event management professional, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her apartment. The woman had named her husband Nitin Chawla, 40, in a suicide note accusing him of cruelty and dowry harassment. Chawla was arrested the same day.
April 23, 2015
The Delhi police registered a case of abetment of suicide without naming anyone in the death of farmer Gajendra Singh. Police had recovered a suicide note Singh wrote and threw from atop a tree before taking his life. Though police are yet to arrest anyone in this case, senior AAP leaders have been questioned for abetment of Singh’s suicide.
April 18, 2015
Priya Vedi, a 30-year-old AIIMS resident doctor committed suicide by slitting her wrist in a Paharganj hotel room. Her husband, Kamal Vedi, was arrested on basis of suicide note, the woman posted on Facebook, accusing Vedi of lying about his sexual orientation and torturing her for dowry.
September 30, 2013
A 40 year old former Ambedkar College lab assistant set herself on fire outside the Delhi secretariat. Police registered a case of abetment to suicide against the then college principal, whom she had named in a suicide note. Police, however, did not file a chargesheet against the principal saying there was no sufficient evidence.
August 5, 2012
The Delhi police registered a case of abetment of suicide against former Haryana home minister Gopal Kanda on basis of a suicide note written by his employee Geetika Sharma. Kanda was arrested along with his company’s top executives.
Suicide cases in metros
Delhi - 1,847
Bengaluru – 1,906
Chennai – 2,214
Mumbai 1,196 (figures for 2014)
Total abetment of suicide cases registered in Delhi under section 306 IPC:
2015 – 65 FIRs
2014 – 90 FIRs
2013 – 86 FIRs