A 27-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself with her stole in her apartment in south Delhi’s Defence Colony Friday night. The woman, identified as Priyanka Kapoor, was found hanging from the ceiling fan, said police.
Her family blamed Priyanka’s husband Nitin Chawla (37) for her death, claiming that he abused her. He has been arrested and sent to judicial custody.
At 12.30 am on March 27, police received a call from Priyanka’s family members, who said her room was locked from inside and she was not responding to their pleas to open the door. “We broke open the door with help from fire brigade personnel,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Prem Nath.
The sub-divisional magistrate is conducting an inquiry, said Prem Nath, adding that police had recorded Priyanka’s sister Dimpi’s statement. “Dimpi alleged that Chawla subjected her to physical and mental abuse over dowry demands,” he said.
A senior police officer said a two-page suicide note was recovered from the spot, in which Priyanka reportedly said she was scared of her husband.
“In the note, she said ‘This is the biggest mistake of my life… marrying him… I am scared’,” said the officer.
A case has been registered against Chawla under Section 115 (abatement of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) , 498A (husband or relative… subjecting her to cruelty), 304B (where death is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs otherwise) and 34 (common intention).
Police said Chawla, who runs a pub in GK II market, was facing financial problems. “He had not been able to pay his rent for the last two months,” said the officer, adding that the couple often fought over money issues.
Priyanka married Nitin in January this year. She worked at an event management company and had met Nitin at his pub, said police. Nitin has two children from his first marriage and his son lived with him and Priyanka, said police.
Priyanka reportedly was not happy about this arrangement, said police. However, her family said this was not true as Priyanka “loved children”.