The Chunabhatti police’s probe into the suicide of a 21-year-old woman last month has made little progress with the 15-year-old girl she was reportedly in a relationship with having gone missing, police said. The police claimed that they cannot trace the teenager, whose father was booked for abetment following the 21-year-old’s suicide.
She hanged herself on August 27 inside her home in Sion-Chunabhatti, hours after being allegedly rebuked by the teen’s father and a local Shiv Sena shakha pramukh for her proximity to the 15-year-old girl. The police subsequently arrested the duo on the complaint of the deceased’s sister, who said the two men had threatened the 21-year-old to keep a distance.
“The younger girl’s statement has not been recorded as she appears to have fled with her mother. Her statement is critical to the case more so as we are finding it hard to gather eyewitnesses and record the statements in the matter,” said a police officer. The minor was briefly admitted to a local hospital in Govandi after attempting to commit suicide herself by drinking phenyl, and was discharged on August 30.
The following day, she and her mother left the house, leaving behind her grandmother. The police said the 15-year-old’s father came to know about her proximity with the 21-year-old neighbour when a relative spotted them together. He allegedly threatened the victim to stay away from his daughter. “The father considered the older girl a bad influence on his daughter and had approached a local Sena leader to arbitrate the matter,” an officer privy to the investigation said.