Tortured for dowry, woman ends life

MUMBAI: A 24-year-old housewife allegedly jumped to her death from the 28th floor of a 30-storey building in Mulund (W) on Sunday. Nishi Jethwani was allegedly driven to suicide after her businessman husband and in-laws mentally and physically tortured her for dowry, said the Mulund police.

Based on a complaint lodged by Nitin Soni, the father of the victim, the Mulund police arrested Nishi’s husband Jitendra, sister-in-law Sapna, father-in-law Moolchand and mother-in-law Deepa. They were booked for abetting suicide and dowry harassment. They will be produced before the Mulund court on Monday.

The incident occurred around 10 am when Nishi stepped out of the house and jumped off the 28th floor. A resident of the building, who first spotted her body, informed Nishi’s family and called the police. Her parents, who learnt about her death a little later, alleged that she killed herself because her husband and in-laws had been torturing her for dowry. Soni, in his complaint, said, “Jitendra and Nishi’s in-laws called us around 10.15 am and told us that she had left the house around 9.30 am. Minutes later, we were told that she had jumped from the 28th floor, which raised our suspicion.”

Nishi got married to Jitendra, who runs two industrial units at Wagle Estate and Upavan in Thane (W), a year ago. “Nishi was in love with Jitendra. But soon after their wedding, Jitendra and his family started physically and mentally torturing Nishi for not fulfilling their dowry demand,” said inspector P Patil.

Nishi’s husband and her in-laws told the police that they were not at home when the incident occurred, which got the cops suspicious. “Jitendra said he and his father were at work, while his mother had gone to a temple and sister had also gone out. There were discrepancies between their statement and that made by the victim’s parents,” said Patil.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Being an Indian Woman
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 13:44:51

    Rather than questioning the genuiness of this reported incident to start with, we need to question why a human being would end his/her life? Taking one’s life can never be easy but surely the scenario in such cases is such that taking life appears to be an easier way out.
    Women need to go beyond the social shackles suggestive of a false sense of social comfort and status in matrimony. If we can’t respect ourselves, we can’t expect respect from others!


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