Twenty-nine-year old Navnath Rohidas Dhanepkar,whose wife had filed a petition requesting the court to nullify their marriage,committed suicide by jumping from the family court on Thursday morning. Navnath was holding his wedding album while he jumped from the ninth floor of Bharati Vidyapeeth Bhavan near Alka talkies,where the family court is housed.
Dhanepkar,a resident of Kondhwe Dhavade,had twice in the past threatened to commit suicide,the police said. According to inspector (crime) of Vishrambaug wada police station,Dhanepkar had gone to the court for the case hearing. He entered the Child Care and Counselling Centre on the ninth floor next to court registrars office,called out his wifes name and jumped from the window in front of the court clerk. Police took him to Poona Hospital,where he was declared dead on arrival.
Pratima Ghorpade,the wifes lawyer,said Dhanepkar and her client were working at a government office in Wadgaon. They had met during a training from July 2010 to September 2010. Dhanepkar fell in love with her and persuaded her to marry him,Ghorpade said. However,she would tell him that she was too young to decide about marrying and her parents might oppose their marriage as they belonged to different castes. However,Dhanepkar threatened her that he would commit suicide if she refused. He suggested that they get married secretly for his sake and later inform the parents,who would then be left with no choice but to accept them as a couple,she said.
The couple got married before the marriage registrar on December 15,2010 without informing their parents. They,however,stayed separately after the marriage. Later,Dhanepkars wife expressed her desire to tell her parents about the marriage,but he allegedly told her that he would slash his wrist if she did so. However,in March 2011,she told her parents about her marriage. Her parents were shocked. Things came to head when Dhanepkar allegedly started forcing her to stay with him. When she refused,he allegedly threatened to defame the family.
Fearing his threats,the wifes shifted from Pune to Amravati with her family in April 2011. In May 2011,Navnath pretended that he had consumed insecticide and was taken to Sassoon Hospital,the police said. By then,Navnaths parents too knew about the marriage and promised the womans parents that they would try to convince him to apply for mutual divorce.
However,in June 2011,Dhanepkar allegedly opened a Facebook account in his wifes name and uploaded their marriage video. She then lodged a complaint with Mundhwa police station. She also filed a petition under section 25 (1) of Special Marriage Act in the family court on June 16 through Ghorpade,requesting that the marriage be declared null and void as she had only acceded under threat.
As it is mandatory,the matter was referred to family court counsellor to see if there was any chance of compromise. Sudam Gayke,the family court counselor said,The case was referred to me. But I realised that there was no chance of reconciliation or settlement. A report to that effect was submitted to the court in December 2011,after which the case was pending before the court.
Advocate Trevor Isaac,counsel for Dhanepkar said he had filed his objections to the petition. I had not met Dhanepkar since the day I filed the objections around three months ago, he said.