The Kasturba Marg police arrested a 30-year-old man, on Monday, after his father-in-law filed a complaint against him and his parents.
According to the complainant, constant torture by the husband had compelled his daughter to commit suicide. The police have arrested Kamlesh Parihar, who is unemployed, and are on the look out for the girl’s in-laws.
Rajendra Thakur, senior police inspector of Kasturba Marg police station said that Parihar married Manisha (25), the deceased, a few years ago. The couple had been living at Gayatri Niwas in Kulupwadi in Borivli (East).
“Parihar and his parents began pressurising Manisha to get money from her parents to buy a new house in Borivli (East). Manisha did not want to pressurise her parents and did not approach them to demand money,” said Thakur.
Soon her in-laws began assaulting her physically.
When the neighbours confronted them, they told them that Manisha had been possessed and they were trying to cure her, as suggested by a black magician.
“Manisha, who could not bear the torture any more, tried to commit suicide by consuming rat poison on April 10. Her in-laws and neighbours rushed to the Bhagwati hospital where she died on April 15,” said Thakur.
Hemant Mali (52), Manisha’s father, had left for his native place immediately after the final rites and had fallen ill there.
“As Mali fell ill, there was no complaint filed,” added Thakur.
Mali returned on Monday and registered an complaint against his son-in-law and his parents.
He gave a detailed statement to the police about the harassment.
"We registered a case of abetment to suicide and arrested Kamlesh on Monday night. Manisha’s in-laws Bhanwarlal Parihar, Kailasdevi and sister in law Munni are absconding and the police are trying to tracing them.