Suicide in Mumbai: Protest demanding murder case against victim’s in-laws holds up traffic

According to the Shivaji Nagar police, the body of Yasmin Khan (23) was found hanging at her marital home Friday evening.

| Mumbai | Published: April 25, 2016 1:56:34 am

Traffic was disrupted on the Mankhurd-Ghatkopar Link Road after a mob blocked the stretch placing on it the body of a dead woman. The mob was demanding registration of a murder case against the woman’s in-laws who they claimed had driven her to suicide.

According to the Shivaji Nagar police, the body of Yasmin Khan (23) was found hanging at her marital home Friday evening. Following her death, Yasmin’s parents registered a case against the in-laws alleging that their daughter took the extreme step due to the stress caused by them.

At 4 pm Saturday, the Shivaji Nagar police arrested Akbar Ali (father-in-law), Akhturrunisa Khan (mother-in-law) and Chand Akbar Ali Khan (brother-in-law). Yasmin’s husband Akram Khan, who is in Saudi Arabia, is the fourth accused in the matter.

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“Yasmin had been married to Akram since 2012. The two had several problems. Less than three months ago, Yasmin’s parents approached us with complaints that their daughter was being physically and mentally harassed by her in-laws. Following the complaint, Yasmin’s husband moved to Saudi Arabia, but the couple fought numerous times,” said a senior police officer.

Around 3.30 pm Sunday, Yasmin’s family turned up at the Deonar junction with their daughter’s body demanding that murder charges be added to the case. Yasmin’s body had been laid on an ice slab and a mob had gathered, resulting in a traffic blockade and a possible law and order situation.

“We had sent our officers to disperse the crowd. A unit of the state reserve force was also called in. About six to seven persons were injured after there was a mild lathicharge,” said a senior officer.

After the tension was defused by 5 pm, Yasmin’s body was taken to a cemetery in Deonar for burial around 6 pm.

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