A 28-year-old journalist, who had conducted a purported sting on a doctor that was published last month, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from her fifth-floor balcony in Faridabad Sunday night. The article, which alleged that the doctor did not hold a medical degree and provided easy access to Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) kits, was published on the website http://www.dnaindia.com on April 1.
Police identified the woman as Pooja Tiwari, a resident of Faridabad who originally hailed from Indore. She usually wrote on Faridabad-related issues.
According to investigating officer Rajender Singh, two other persons, including a Haryana police inspector, were in the house when Tiwari allegedly jumped off the balcony. According to Singh, the inspector, Amit Kumar — who was Tiwari’s family friend — tried to stop her from jumping but failed. According to police, after the article was published, the doctor named by Tiwari alleged she had asked for a Rs 2-lakh bribe to not publish the story.
“Tiwari had conducted a sting operation on a local doctor who allegedly performed sex determination tests. But the doctor lodged an FIR with the police, saying Tiwari had been demanding Rs 2 lakh from him. She was suspended from her job following registration of the FIR,” said the investigating officer.
It is learnt that she sent an email to a journalist friend in which she said that for the sting, conducted in the first week of March, she went to the doctor with a colleague, pretending to be his wife. She also wrote that they told the doctor they wanted to terminate her pregnancy and “gained his trust”.
On April 8, the Faridabad police booked Tiwari on the doctor’s complaint. “Investigations in the case were on,” Singh said. Tiwari’s family has been informed about her death and the body has been sent for post-mortem, he added.
In the email, Tiwari told her friend that the news of the FIR “spread like wildfire and many online news portals started running the news with a picture of me taken from my Facebook without my permission”. She also claimed she was being subjected to “character assassination” and that she had “not taken a single penny” in her career.
A police officer said she had been called to the police station for questioning because “both parties were blaming each other”.
“We have recorded the statements of her roommate and her parents. We will investigate and examine every aspect of the case and also what happened earlier on,” Singh said.
Calls and messages to DNA went unanswered.