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DU girl named stalkers in suicide video message: Cops

ravina-m Ravina, who was pursuing her BCom from the School of Open Learning at DU, reportedly committed suicide on May 13.
By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: May 19, 2014 12:51 am

A BCom student at Delhi University (DU), who killed herself and left a suicide note on video alleging that she was being stalked, has named her stalkers in the video, police said.

The girl, 20-year-old Ravina, has named three persons in her video message, who were her neighbours in East Delhi’s Krishna Nagar, police said.

Police have seized the video and the cellphone containing the video, but are yet to make any arrests. “Police are conducting investigations. I do not want to comment on our investigation,” DCP (East) Ajay Kumar said.

Ravina, who was pursuing her BCom from the School of Open Learning at DU, reportedly committed suicide on May 13.

Police said when her father Mukesh Upadhaya, a journalist who works for a Hindi daily, returned home every night, usually it was Ravina who answered the door. But on May 13, when he came back past midnight, she didn’t answer the door.

His wife told Upadhaya that Ravina might not have heard the doorbell. When Upadhaya went to her room upstairs, he found her body hanging from the ceiling fan with her chunni, police said. Ravina was rushed to GTB hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead.

From her room, police recovered a suicide note, in which she asked her parents to check her mobile phone. Police said Ravina recorded the video minutes before ending her life.

In August last year, Ravina had filed an FIR against the three persons she has accused of driving her to suicide in the video message. In the FIR registered on August 15, the three were booked on charges of molestation and causing hurt. The three had also been sent to Tihar jail and were presently out on bail.
“My daughter had stopped stepping out of the house because of those three men. She was worried that they would assault her. Last August, when my daughter objected to them passing remarks at her, she was dragged and beaten in front of everyone. The whole neighbourhood is afraid of the three men. They were threatening her for the past few weeks,” Upadhaya said.

Upadhaya said Ravina seemed to be in tears while she was recorded the video message.

“In the video, she says that she has troubled her parents a lot. She also says that the boys in the neighbourhood used to stare at her and stalk her, which made her very uncomfortable. She says that she tried to speak to her parents about it but was unable to do so,” a police officer said.

A few days before her death, Upadhaya and his wife had even discussed selling their house and moving to another place. Upadhaya said he was waiting for the right time to sell off the house.

“I hope police help us get justice,” he said.

Ravina, who wanted to be a Chartered Accountant, was also taking private classes at an institute in continued…

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