19-year-old woman commits suicide in Mumbai, husband and in-laws arrested for dowry harassment
Mumbai city news: “While Prashant was in another room, she looked herself in a room and hanged herself,” said Subhash Sawant, senior inspector at Dahisar police station.mumbai Updated: Jun 01, 2017 23:59 IST
A 19-year-old married woman was found hanging at her Dahisar (east) house in a suspected case of suicide. The police have arrested her husband and two of her in-laws in a case of dowry harassment.
The woman identified as Yashwanti was at home with her husband Prashant at their Dahisar (east) house on Tuesday evening.
“While Prashant was in another room, she looked herself in a room and hanged herself,” said Subhash Sawant, senior inspector at Dahisar police station.
In his statement to police, Prashant claimed that he got alerted after hearing a noise in the room where Yashwanti had locked herself. When he tried to open the door and could not get to the room, he raised an alarm and alerted the neighbours.
When the neighbours heard Prashant’s voice, they arrived at their house and managed to enter inside only to find Yashwanti hanging from the ceiling.
Officials said she was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where she was declared dead. Meanwhile, her parents were also alerted of the incident.
25-year-old Prashant, who works in a private firm, got married to the teenager in November last year. Her parents, in their complaint to the police, alleged that Prashant and his family used to regularly harass Yashwanti for dowry.
“They would demand cash and harass her to bring money from her maternal house. They would ask her to get her mangalsutra locket made bigger,” said an officer from Dahisar police station.
Based on the complaint by Yashwanti’s parents, a case of dowry harassment was registered against Prashant’s family. Her father is a farmer, said police.
The police have so far arrested three members including Prashant, his father and brother for harassing the woman. Prashant’s sister-in-law is wanted in the case, officials said.