Four family members of 34-year-old Dipti Chauhan, who jumped to death from her seven-storey building in Dahisar after flinging her seven-year-old son on Saturday, were presented before the Bandra Holiday Court on Sunday. The court remanded them to police custody till April 21.
Dipti’s husband Nilesh, father-in-law Kantilal, brother-in-law Bharat and his wife Sarla, were arrested on charge of abetment to suicide based on Dipti’s father’s allegation. The police said the relations between Dipti, her husband and in-laws had soured over the past three years.
“Dipti’s in-laws had been blaming her for breaking their joint family after they moved to their Dahisar residence three years ago,” said Jaywant Mane, acting senior inspector, Dahisar police.
They would also tell Nilesh that he was henpecked, said an officer from Dahisar police, who is part of the investigation.
“After they tied the knot in 2001, Dipti and Nilesh lived in a joint family. As per her parents’ statement, Dipti was being harassed by her in-laws. She finally managed to convince Nilesh and they moved to Alakhnanda Society in Rawalpada, Dahisar (East) residence,” the officer said.
Dipti was stressed since Nilesh, a stock broker, had not been doing well financially for over a year. She would ask him to get some financial assistance from his father and elder brother.
“There were constant fights between the couple due to the financial problem,” said Sunil Deshmukh, assistant commissioner of police, Dahisar division.
An officer said Dipti was upset since Thursday when Bharat and Sarla came to their residence. They allegedly told her that she had gained control over Nilesh by using black magic.
As per the statement given by Dipti’s brother, who resides in Borivli East, Dipti had told him about the incident. She had even called her parents, who live in Tardeo, and told them she would come to meet them on Saturday. However, following a tiff with her husband on Saturday morning, Dipti flung her six-year-old son from the building terrace and then committed suicide.