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HIV positive woman found hanging,family says dowry demands made her end life

A 23-year-old woman was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her residence in South Delhi’s Ayanagar area around 5.30 pm on Wednesday.

A 23-year-old woman was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her residence in South Delhi’s Ayanagar area around 5.30 pm on Wednesday. The woman was HIV positive and had been married for three years. According to the woman’s family,she was depressed over her prolonged illness. The family also alleged that she was tortured for dowry by her in-laws,forcing her to commit suicide.

According to police,the woman’s brother-in-law had come across the body. “I came home on Wednesday afternoon and after having lunch went to the first floor. The door to the only room on the floor was shut. I found it unusual and started banging the door. When there was no repsonse,I went to the adjacent house,climbed the wall to reach the first floor and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. I ran down and informed the family,” the brother-in-law said. Soon,the police along with a local doctor,reached the spot and the woman was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

He said the woman had gone to her parents’ house for her sister’s wedding on January 28 and had returned a week ago. Since her return,she hardly used to speak to anyone,he added. Her family members said her husband used to keep away from her after she was diagnosed as HIV positive.

Her mother-in-law said her son had got married to the woman on February17,2009. She often complained about stomach pain and so her husband took her to Kerala for treatment where she underwent surgery to remove kidney stones.

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“We came to know about her illness when my son took her to a hospital in Mumbai for further treatment where the doctor diagnosed her HIV positive. She was undergoing treatment at the AIIMS. She lived on the first floor of the house while the rest of the family stayed on the ground floor,” she said.

The woman’s husband had given a complaint to police on February 16 stating that his wife had threatened to kill herself and that he wanted a divorce. The husband,in his complaint,said that on several occasions,she turned violent.

A case has been registered and investigations are on. After a post-mortem examination,the body was handed over to the family members.

Isha Rastogi is a student of

EXIMS,New Delhi.