AIIMS doctor commits suicide, husband arrested, say police

Family alleges in-laws harassed her for dowry

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 17, 2016 2:32 am
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A 30-year-old doctor at AIIMS allegedly committed suicide by injecting herself with a poisonous substance at her residence in east Delhi’s IP Extension area Thursday afternoon. Police said her husband was arrested and a magisterial inquiry ordered after the woman’s family members alleged that her in-laws were harassing her for dowry.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) Rishi Pal Singh said, “The statement of the girl’s family has been recorded in front of the SDM and inquest proceedings are on. We have arrested the husband and added charges of 304(B) (dowry death). We are also waiting for the postmortem report.”

According to police, the woman, Ritu Bankotia, worked as a senior resident at the Department of Anaesthesia. Her husband, Brijesh, is an Air India Pilot.

A senior police officer said, “They got married in 2013 and have a two-year-old child. She lived along with her husband and his family in Kurmanchal Apartment. At 1.30 pm on Thursday, Brijesh called Ritu’s brother and asked him to come home as she had locked herself in her room.”

Her brother broke down the door and found Ritu lying unconscious on the bed. “He took her to Max Hospital where she was declared brought dead. Police were also informed about the incident. The woman’s family members alleged that she was harassed and mentally tortured by her husband. They also alleged that her husband and his parents did not let her interact with her daughter,” added the officer.

Ritu’s brother, Vinod, claimed he saw a two-page note written by his sister in the room but said he was not able to read it properly. He alleged that when he came back to her room later, he found the note shredded to pieces.

Police added that they found a CCTV camera inside the house and have sent the DVR (digital video recording) for forensic examination.