Anita Gaikwad (25), a resident of Shiravane in Nerul jumped to her death in a pond on Sunday along with her two-and-a-half-year old daughter, Nutan. Police have arrested her husband and in-laws.
The incident occurred at Chinchavli pond in Shiravane. Anita had married Raju, a driver, in 2008. A witness who saw Anita jump into the pond informed the police.
On Monday, Nutan’s body floated on the surface of the pond and were identified on Tuesday. According to Police Inspector (Crime) Shivajirao Tathawade of Nerul police station, “When Nutan was born, Raju’s elder brother died of natural causes. They blamed her for the death. They also harassed her for dowry.”
Tathawade added, “She couldn’t bear the harassment and so committed suicide along with her daughter.”
Following a complaint by Anita’s parents, who reside in Chembur, police have registered a case under IPC Section 498 and arrested Raju, his mother Sheela, father Sarjerao and brother Ravi.