A 17-year-old boy committed suicide earlier this week allegedly because he was afraid that he might be falsely arrested in a rape case if he didn’t repay a loan of Rs 1,000 to his friend’s sister, the police said.
On Wednesday, the Borivli police arrested Jyoti Pillai, 24, for allegedly abetting the suicide of Ritesh Singh, a resident of Gorai.
According to the Borivli police, Pillai, who works in a private firm in Malad and also lives in Gorai, was upset that her younger brother had given Singh the money without her approval.
“Around 15 days ago, Pillai’s brother Ganesh had given Singh Rs 1,000 as he needed the money to buy medicines for his grandmother. However, the money belonged to Pillai,” said Bhagwan Chate, senior inspector, Borivli police station.
Pillai discovered that the money was missing from her cupboard on Monday.
When she questioned Ganesh, he admitted that he had given it to a friend. He assured her that Singh would return the money in a few days, the officer said.
“However, Pillai was infuriated and decided to go to the teenager’s house and confront him,” said Chate, adding that the boy’s parents had gone out and he was at home with his grandmother.
“She allegedly started to abuse Singh and created a ruckus, which attracted the neighbours,” said Chate.
“The boy and his grandmother gave Pillai Rs280 and promised to arrange for the remaining amount. However, Pillai was adamant and allegedly threatened Singh that she would lodge a rape case against him and tell his parents if he did not repay the loan,” the officer added.
Fearing that Pillai would go through with the threat, the boy hanged himself from the ceiling fan the same day, the police claimed.
Although no suicide note was found near the victim’s body, his friends told the police about Pillai’s visit and the threats she had made.
“Based on the information received from the neighbours and the victim’s friends, we arrested Pillai under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code,” said Chate.