Two women commit suicide, police suspect dowry torture

Two women commit suicide, police suspect dowry torture

A 23-year-old homemaker is suspected to have committed suicide because of alleged dowry harassment. The incident occurred in Okalipuram, 1st main road, west Bengaluru, on Sunday, the police said.

Hemalatha, the deceased, ate dinner with other members of her family, went into her bedroom and then hanged herself from a ceiling fan, the police said. Her husband, Chandrashekhar, who is a teacher at Indus International School, Sarjapur, went into the bedroom sometime later and found out about the suicide.

The couple were married for two-and-a-half years. They stayed on the fourth floor while other members of their family stayed on the third floor.

The jurisdictional Srirampuram police said they didn’t find any suicide note. Hemalatha’s father, Krishnappa, accused Chandrashekhar and his family of “harassing” his daughter and driving her to suicide.

The police have arrested Chandrashekhar under IPC Sections 498 (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 304 B (dowry death).

The other case
In another suicide related to suspected dowry harassment, a 31-year-old married woman hanged herself at her home at SVM Layout, Mathikere, north Bengaluru.

Manjula, 31, wife of Surendra, a mathematics teacher at an engineering college, is suspected to have taken the extreme step after being harassed by her in-laws, the police said. Manjula married Surendra two-and-a-half years ago and bore him a child.

On Sunday, around 8 pm, Surendra and his parents went out, leaving Manjula alone at home. Sometime later, Surendra’s brother Mohan came home and knocked on the door but there was no response.

He then called up Manjula’s parents to find out whether she was visiting them. The parents said they hadn’t seen her.

Mohan, out of suspicion, peeped through the window and was shocked to find Manjula hanging.

The jurisdictional Yeshwantpur police have booked Surendra and his parents for abetting in suicide.
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