Shobhna Surti,who committed suicide Wednesday while chatting on webcam,was wife of the man she was chatting with. She took the extreme step as he and his parents were allegedly not ready to accept her unless her parents paid a dowry of Rs 25 lakh.
Mumbai Police Thursday booked 28-year-old Swapnil Surve and his parents.
Shobhna allegedly hanged herself as he watched on webcam Wednesday night.
Police said Swapnil allegedly had a secret marriage with Shobhna in March. They continued to live separately. After the secret wedding came to light,a formal wedding was planned in April,but it was called off after Shobhnas parents failed to meet the dowry demand. The couple fought over the matter Wednesday night and Swapnil allegedly threatened to remarry unless dowry was paid.
Shobhna tried to convince Swapnil that her family would not be able to arrange such a big amount, said inspector Vijay Khaire.
The couple had frequent fights over the issue. Senthil Kumar,a neighbour,told police that on Tuesday,Swapnil arrived at her Nehru Nagar residence and fought over dowry.
The next day,around 7.30 pm,Shobhna called Swapnil and threatened suicide. She switched on her webcam and told him to watch. Police suspect she may have tried to fake suicide to scare Swapnil.
She took a stole and hanged herself by a rod next to the ceiling. She repeatedly said,Dekh,main suicide kar rahi hoon. (Look,I am going to commit suicide).
Swapnil called her sister and told her to rush home. At 9 pm,when her sister entered the house,she found Shobhna hanging.
We sent her laptop to the forensic department to find if the webcam had recorded the incident, said Khaire.
We have started a manhunt for Swapnil and his parents, said Arun Bhagt,senior inspector.