Three people, including the husband and two of his relatives have been arrested by the Bhayander police for abetting the suicide of a newly married woman.
Though the victim committed suicide on November 10, the arrests were made on Sunday, after the victim’s brother suspected foul play. The trio is currently in police custody and was produced before the Thane court.
The deceased, 22-year-old Shobha married Dharmendra Malviya, 24, in July 2016 and the couple moved into a rented apartment in Om Suraj Complex, Narmadanagar, Bhayander (East). Two of Dharmendra’s relatives also lived in the flat. On 10 November, when Dharmendra returned from work around 11pm, Shobha who was supposed to be alone in the flat at that time, did not open the door for him. Dharmendra then used a duplicate key and entered the flat to see Shobha hanging by her dupatta from the ceiling fan in the bedroom.
But instead of informing the police, Dharmendra first called up Shobha’s brother Govind. He rushed to the site and saw Shobha’s body lying on the floor and the dupatta hanging off the fan. “I suspected foul play as Shobha was slightly short and it was impossible for her to hang herself on her own. She must have used a stool for the act, but the stool was missing from the spot,” said Govind. He added, “My sister was murdered. She had spoken to our father on the afternoon of her death. She had been jovial at that time and had even invited him to visit her but since our father is busy in exchanging demonetised bank notes, he promised to visit her on November 11.”
The family performed Shobha’s last rites the next day and decided to register a complaint against Dharmendra and the two relatives for murdering her, claimed Govind.
Commenting on the case, police inspector Srikant Padule of Bhayander police station said, “We have registered a case under section 306 (abetment of suicide) against Dharmendra and two of his relatives and the trio are in police custody and had been produced before the Thane court on Monday.” He added, “We did not find any suicide note from the spot but investigating is underway. The motive behind the suicide is not yet known and we are checking the victim’s call data records and texts on her phone.”