The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the police to file a report on the steps taken by them after receiving information about the unnatural death of a woman. The woman’s case is similar to that of actor Jiah Khan and her father has alleged that the police have not even registered an FIR, leave alone investigate.
Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode were acting on a petition filed by Govandi businessman Chinmoy Chatterjee who has sought registration of FIR in the death of his daughter who allegedly committed suicide over a love affair gone wrong.
The state, on the other hand, informed the HC that it had proceeded with the inquiry and was willing to file a report in the same regard. Chatterjee (40), much like actor Jiah Khan’s mother Rabya, has sought justice for his daughter Priya who allegedly died following a heartbreak.
According to Chatterjee’s petition, the 23-year-old appeared depressed and told her mother that the boy she was in love with, had refused to marry her.
She worked at a call centre and was home on February 8 this year, as she had a day off. She told her mother Anjali that she felt like eating paneer that day and asked her to get it from the market.
When Anjali returned, her daughter did not open the door. Anjali looked inside from the window and saw Priya hanging from the ceiling fan. With the help of their neighbours, Anjali entered the house and rushed Priya to Rajawadi Hospital. She was declared dead on arrival. The Shivaji Nagar police station, he stated, registered an accidental death report (ADR) in the case. On many occasions after Priya’s death, Chatterji claimed, he tried to tell the police that Priya was in love with one Wilson, who had called her to meet him a day earlier at 7 pm in Vashi.
According to the mother, after coming home past midnight, Priya was crying and went to sleep without having dinner.
Chatterjee stated, that Priya’s friends were willing to come forward and give statements and photographs to show the relationship between Priya and Wilson but the police had not recorded their statements. Chatterjee suspected that Wilson had abetted Priya’s suicide and urged the police to take action against him.
The Shivaji Nagar police station, Chatterjee claimed, “failed and neglected to look into the matter seriously and instead made a mockery of the death of the daughter of the petitioner.”