Two days after Nisha Pise, a 34-year-old journalist, committed suicide at her residence in Maheshnagar, her husband Prashant Pise was arrested by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Police. The arrest followed an FIR lodged by family members of the journalist, who accused Pise of mental and physical harassment. He was remanded to 14-day judicial custody by a local court.
Nisha, who worked with Marathi daily Prabhat, hanged herself in her room on Thursday night. Her family alleged that she committed suicide following constant mental and physical harassment by her husband. “The harassment started immediately after their marriage in December 2015 and continued till her death,” alleged her brother Mahesh Shingote.
Nisha’s first husband had died of a heart attack and she had married Prashant Pise three years ago, Shingote told The Indian Express.
He said his sister’s second marriage turned out to be a disaster as her husband failed to recognise her talent and started harassing her. “She was a talented journalist and we were very proud of her. She was also honoured with the ‘Pride of Junnar taluka’ award. This meant nothing to her husband. He used to take money from her and splurge on alcohol…,” alleged Shingote.
Nisha’s family said she was even paying installments to repay the loan amount for the car she had bought at her husband’s insistence. “… He was harassing her, asking her to get money from her parents to build a house in Sangli district. When she refused to do that, he threw out her belongings and asked her to leave their house,” her family alleged in the FIR.
Shingote said Nisha’s husband Prashant was unemployed most of the time. “Even if he worked, he did so only for a few months and then quit, which further put Nisha under tremendous mental strain,” he said.
Journalist Vinod Pawar, a close associate of Nisha’s, said, “She always had a smile on her face. She never discussed what she was going through. If she had done so, we would have certainly helped her find a way out…it is a huge loss for journalism.”
PCMC corporator Seema Savale said, “…She was very articulate, well-informed and a fearless journalist…”.
At a condolence meeting at the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s headquarters on Saturday, journalists said that women in distress, from all sections of society, need to communicate their plight to their close ones rather than suffer in silence.
Senior journalist Nandkumar Saturdekar said, “Nisha’s death should serve as a wake-up call. There are hundreds of women who suffer in silence and then end their lives. There is a need for an effective mechanism to tackle such social problems.”
Nisha had worked as a reporter with the daily Kesari, as a chief reporter with MyPimpri-Chinchwad.com and as an editor with PCB.com. She was also the president of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Mahila Patrakar Sangh.