A 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at Tilak Vihar police post in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar on Sunday. The incident took place hours after the girl’s family approached police to report that she and another boy from their neighbourhood had gone missing.
DCP (West) Vijay Kumar told The Indian Express that police first received a call at 10.30 pm on Saturday regarding a fight between two families over their missing children, following which the girl’s family came to the post. Police said the boy’s family was also called in. While the girl’s family was asked to go home after their complaint was noted, police asked the boy’s family to wait.
“We were informed that the girl and the boy disappeared together. At 2.30 am on Sunday, the girl came to the Tilak Vihar police post. She said she doesn’t want to go back home as her mother had slapped for talking to the boy. She gave this to us in writing,” said the DCP.
Police called the girl’s family to the post. While policemen were pacifying both families, the girl went to the rest room and locked the door. “Staff broke open the door and found her hanging from the fan. A judicial inquiry has been ordered and further investigation is on,” said Kumar.
The DCP added that outpost in-charge SI Parvesh Kaushik and woman constable Manmohan Kaur have been sent to District lines. “Investigating officer ASI Sushil Kumar and duty writer head constable K Badhoriya have also been suspended. All failed to perform their duty, due to which the girl found a chance and committed suicide,” he said.
The girl’s elder brother, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, alleged that a policewoman locked his sister inside the restroom. “The boy’s family instigated police to arrest us. Hearing this, the policemen took me and two of my cousins to a room, and a woman constable locked my sister inside the restroom,” he alleged, adding that he spotted her hanging through a window.
He accused police and the boy’s family of putting pressure on his sister to write the note stating that she didn’t want to live with her family. He also alleged that on hearing about his sister’s death, the boy’s family members fled the spot.
“I made a PCR call at 3.30 am that my sister had committed suicide inside the police post. Her body was brought down only after senior police officers arrived — an hour after the incident,” the brother alleged.
As news spread in the locality, residents gathered outside the police post demanding action against the policemen.
After the incident, the boy’s three sisters locked themselves in the house, fearing they might be harmed by the girl’s family. Later, police took them away to an undisclosed location. Police said they have also questioned the boy and his family.