DU girl named stalkers in suicide video message: Cops

Police have seized the video and the cellphone containing the video, but are yet to make any arrests.

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

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 Karkardooma. Her mother said she was excited about celebrating her 21st birthday on May 31 and had asked her father for money to treat her friends. Besides her parents, Ravina is survived by a five-year-old brother.

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    Farzana
    May 19, 2014 at 7:40 am
    As a mother the same feeling I have for this girl who was enthusiastic to pursue her carrier and her birthday but took a cowardly decision of finishing her life off.Children should understand that finishing off life does not solve any problem -all it gives is a permanent scar to their loved ones while culprits get rid of the witness of their crime.We must teach children to learn to live in every cirstances
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      Farzana
      May 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm
      Of course the justice should be demanded.But the first thing is to protect ourselves from evil people by whatever means we can.And no suicide in any cirstance .Suicide is not a solution of any problem.So start condemning suiciders so that we don't lose any more lives for trivial reasons, and girls should stay strong to live and see the culprits get punished.
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        Hari Sud
        May 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm
        Hang these SOBs from the nearest flagpole.If these three went unpunished, others would get the cue and the crime of stalking, Eve teasing, molestation and rape would continue uninterrupted.
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          Mohan
          May 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm
          This is a fit case for sacking some policemen for inaction ?
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            Desi
            May 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm
            So sorry for the young lady and her family....RIP Ravina! So sorry for your trouble. You should have fought back instead of giving in to these perverted morons, sister! Hope you get justice.
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              Priya Malavalli
              May 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm
              While it is true we need to teach our children to be strong, we also need to demand justice, law and order from our governments. Its not easy to live in fear everyday not knowing what else drastic would unfold. Having lived in Delhi and north India, the atude of people and neighbors is usually to blame the girl for inviting those guys to tease her. If a girl is good looking and dresses well, then breaks loose on her for showing herself off...even if she is wearing just simple salwar kameez and being neat and clean....is this the society we want for our women ?
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                Guest
                May 19, 2014 at 6:53 am
                As a father, my heart goes out to the girl's parents who have lost their daughter for no fault of theirs. Considering that an FIR was lodged and the culprits arrested, we need to see under what cirstances the bail was granted? The incident also highlights zero fear of law in the culprits making the victims more vulnerable.Delhi Police need to make an example of the culprits to restore faith in the insution else nobody would come forward next time with a complaint.
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