A family of four was arrested for their alleged role in the suicide of an 18-year-old girl.
Savita Tribhuvan, a resident of Ambikanagar, set herself afire on Thursday following an altercation with her neighbours. She succumbed to her injuries on Sunday night.
Savita’s family alleged that the neighbours – Dilip Kasbe, his wife Rani, brother Navnath and sisters-in-law Rekha and Reshma – instigated Savita to commit suicide.
“Kasbe had promised Savita that he would help her find a job. He once took her to a call centre for menial jobs. So, she felt assured and they became friends. Even though she was not in a relationship with him, Kasbe’s wife thought otherwise. Kasbe called her to his home on Thursday morning. When she went there, his wife and sisters-in-law began abusing and assaulting her,” said Savita’s cousin Rajesh Kesarkar.
When Savita was allegedly being assaulted, her younger sister Rakhi, 8, informed her mother Sindhu, who was away at work. “The three women had locked up Savita in their house and refused to let her go even after the police arrived. The trio opened the door only when the police threatened to arrest them.
Savita ran to her home, locked it and poured kerosene on herself,” said Kesarkar.
The police finally filed a case against the Kasbe family for suicide abetment and arrested all of them except Navnath. The police refuted the allegation that they were reluctant to file a case.
“Initially, this was an attempt to suicide case and the victim had not accused anyone in her statement then. Now, when her family has accused their neighbours, we have filed a case and arrested four of them,” said SG Jawle, police inspector at Wagle Estate