The 22-year-old man arrested for abetting the suicide of a 17-year-old BBA student from Ghaziabad said he had sent messages to the girl’s brother after she had cut off all communication with him seven to eight months ago. Her family was also opposed to the friendship between him and the girl.
The man, Rinku Meena, said he had met the girl over social networking site Facebook and they used to have long chats on Facebook for four to five months before they exchanged mobile phone numbers. He added that during their friendship, he had come to Ghaziabad to meet her twice – once alone and once with his friend Ritesh Gaur at a mall near Kaushambi.
“These were the only meetings we had and we never met again. She also proposed that we exchange our mobile phones. I gave her my phone and she gave me hers. Later, I sold her mobile as it was old and bought a new one. She stopped the communication just before her class 12 examination, but her family found out about us. Till our last communication, my mobile was with her,” he said.
The police said the girl’s brother got suspicious and found out about their friendship.
“Her brother checked her Facebook profile and her laptop and came to know that she was in communication with Meena. He later told her father about this. When the girl was rebuked by her family, she told him about it. In retaliation, he threatened her brother,” said Rajesh Kumar, officiating superintendent of police (city).
Meena said he had also taken a selfie with the girl, but it got deleted.
“My friend also had a picture with her. I later sent it to her father and he got angry. I was upset that her family had come to know about our friendship. For the past seven to eight months she had completely snapped all communication with me. I called up her brother to allow me to talk to her, but no one accepted my request. I also called up her father, but he threatened that he will lodge an FIR against me,” he said.
“Even on the day of her suicide, I called up her father and he told me ‘she has left.’ I was puzzled as I was home at Jaipur. It was only when the police arrived that I came to know that she had committed suicide. I feel I am responsible for her death...I am ready for any punishment,” he said.