Vegetable vendor held for abetting wife’s suicide

Borivali Police arrested a 24-year-old man on Tuesday for allegedly abetting the suicide of his 22-year-old wife.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 17, 2014 4:46:55 pm

Borivali Police arrested a 24-year-old man on Tuesday for allegedly abetting the suicide of his 22-year-old wife.

Police said Swati Shetty was alone at her Gorai residence at around 10.15 am after husband Pandit,a vegetable vendor,left to stock up. Her mother-in-law was managing their stall.

Police said when Pandit returned,he found the door locked from inside. He knocked but received no response,after which he broke open the door with the help of neighbours to find Swati hanging from the ceiling.

Locals called police,who took Swati to Bhagwati Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

Sister Sangeeta Jadhav claimed Swati was being harassed physically and mentally by in-laws and husband,who suspected her character,since their marriage in 2008.

They used to allegedly beat her up and taunt her as she could not bear children. Family said Pandit would not even let Swati talk on phone.

He has been arrested under IPC sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 498 (husband subjecting wife to cruelty).

“Pandit will be presented before a court on Wednesday,” said a police officer.

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