A woman estranged from her husband committed suicide by consuming poison in Bhubaneswar.
Urmila Rout, 35, a resident of Nikerei village in Kendrapapda district, consumed poison on Friday afternoon on one of the major streets in Bhubaneswar.
Urmila had lodged a complaint against her husband Babrubahan Rout in 2004 after he allegedly began torturing her. Upon this, her husband drove her out. She then complained to the local administration but did not get any help, her elder brother, Jogendra Nath Jena, said.
She again filed a complaint against her husband and members of her in-laws family. Eight of them, including her husband, were arrested. But she pleaded to be allowed to go back to her in-laws house, Jena said.
Last year, she had tried to commit suicide in front of the office of local MLA and state Information and Public Relations Minister Debashis Nayak after allegedly failing to get to meet him.
The police brought her to the hospital and her life was saved. After she recovered, they arrested her on charges of attempting suicide and lodged her in jail.
Upon her release, Urmila approached the district police officials and asked to be allowed to stay in her husband's house. But the police did not help her, her brother said.
Last Wednesday, she met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar and asked for his help. The chief minister assured he would look into the problem.
"After she did not get justice from anybody, my sister committed suicide by consuming poison," he alleged.
Santun Dash, the police officer at Kendrapada police station, said: "We took action against the culprits and chargesheeted them after she lodged a complaint. The matter was under the jurisdiction of the court."