A 22-year-old woman, Navneet, reportedly ended her life after consuming a poisonous substance on Saturday and died at a Jalandhar hospital.
The victim’s mother, Balwinder, has alleged that harassment due to dowry and her son-in-law’s previous concealed marriage were the reasons that led her daughter to commit suicide.
"My daughter was married to a US-based NRI and a resident of Bholath, Kamaljeet Singh, 15 months ago. Soon, we discovered that Kamaljeet Singh had previously married in America and was also the father of a 10-year-old son."
She claimed that soon harassment for dowry started. “We were being pressured to give them Rs 8 lakh for purchasing a car and my daughter was being treated like a bonded labourer. On Saturday morning, she had called me to say that she was not even being food to eat.”
"Later in the day, she was admitted to a private hospital by her in-laws after she consumed a poisonous substance. They later fled from the hospital, which shifted her to another Jalandhar-based trauma hospital. With treatment, Navneet regained her senses and gave the staff our number before dying. The staff called us at around 10:30 pm on Saturday.”
SHO Bholath Param Sunil Kumar, when contacted revealed, “We got information from the hospital staff. On the statement of Balwinder Kaur, we have booked Navneet’s husband Kamaljeet Singh, who is presently in America, and mother-in-law, Simranjeet Kaur under Sections 304-B (death due to dowry).”
On Sunday afternoon, the body was taken to local civil hospital for post-mortem. Relatives of girl blocked the traffic opposite civil hospital demanding booking of sister-in-law, brother-in-law and the middle-man as the co-accused in the FIR.
“We are appending the names in already registered FIR,” said the SHO adding that no arrest had been made so far. The victim is survived by a six-month old.