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Girl hangs herself at Delhi’s Tilak Vihar police post after claiming she feared her family

A 17-year-old girl, in an alleged relationship with a local man, turned up at Delhi’s Tilak Vihar police post after her family got into a fight with the man’s family.

delhi Updated: Jul 15, 2018 23:14 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The girl was afraid her family would beat her over her alleged relationship with a local man. (ANI/Twitter)

A 17-year-old girl hanged herself from a ceiling fan in the Tilak Vihar police post in west Delhi in the early hours of Sunday, soon after her relatives got into a scuffle with the family members of a man from the neighbourhood who was her friend, police said.

The girl’s body was found in the restroom at around 3.15am. Between four and six police personnel were present at the post at the time, according to eye-witnesses and senior police officers.

Her older brother and two cousins, who were in an adjacent room at the time, alleged that their efforts to save the hanging girl went in vain as the police “panicked and hid”. But Vijay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (west), denied this charge.

The DCP later said action had been taken against four policemen as they had “failed to perform their duties properly” that allowed the girl to “find a chance and commit suicide”.

“The in-charge of the police post, sub-inspector Parvesh Kaushik, and woman constable Manmohan Singh have been sent to district lines. We have suspended investigating officer assistant sub-inspector Sushil Kumar and duty writer head constable K Badhoriya,” the DCP said.

Kumar said the girl had told the police that she did not want to return to her mother and brother, as she feared that they would beat her over the alleged friendship with the man.

“Before she hanged herself, she had agreed to stay at a Nari Niketan (shelter home),” the DCP added.

A magisterial enquiry has been ordered into the case, even as the police’s vigilance unit will probe if there was any laxity by the police personnel present at the post.

The girl lived with her mother and two siblings in Tilak Vihar. She had recently cleared her Class 12 exams with 76% marks. The 21-year-old friend is her immediate neighbour and lives with his parents and three younger sisters.

The two families shared a cordial relationship until four months ago, according to other residents from the locality. “The man’s family had helped us in the engagement and wedding ceremony of my older sister,” said the girl’s brother, who services water purifiers.

But the girl’s family alleged that the man had started following her on the way to school. The girl’s brother alleged that the man wanted to marry her even though she was a minor. The two families had an altercation last month as well, neighbours said. Hindustan Times tried to reach the man’s family for their comment, but the house was locked.

At around 10pm on Saturday, the girl was found missing from her house, prompting her brother and cousins to confront the man’s family and accuse them of kidnapping her. “The two families got into a scuffle, in which people from both sides hit each other. They then visited the police post with their complaints,” said the DCP.

The girl and her friend were nowhere to be found at that time.

The two families were nearing a compromise at the police post when the girl suddenly reached there at around 2.30am and said she did not want to go back to her family, said the DCP.

At around 3am, one of the man’s relatives demanded that an FIR be registered. “This led to a commotion, drawing the police out. The girl used the opportunity to lock the room from inside and hanged herself using her chunni,” said the DCP.

The girl’s family, however, alleged that she had been locked from outside after being separated from her brother and siblings, who were confined in an adjacent room. “Through an opening meaning for a cooler, I could see her hanging, but was unable to save her,” her brother said.

This is not the first instance of a suicide in the presence of police officers. In January this year, a 19-year-old man accused of molestation hanged himself at the Karawal Nagar police station in north-east Delhi.

First Published: Jul 15, 2018 13:54 IST