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Monday, June 5, 2017

IIT suicide: In-laws booked for dowry death - TNN


TNN | Jun 4, 2017, 02.29 AM IST

New Delhi: Three days after a 27-year-old research scholar allegedly committed suicide in her room at IIT-Delhi's Nalanda Apartment, police have booked her husband and in-laws for dowry death. They are also probing claims by victim Manjula Devak's family members that her in-laws had tortured her physically and mentally, which allegedly drove her to take the extreme step.

Police said they were analysing WhatsApp and Facebook chats Manjula had with her family members, her husband and in-laws. Cops claim to have found a few "disturbing" pictures on her husband's Facebook chats. They suspect these pictures caused her a great deal of emotional turmoil. 

Her family members told TOI that Manjula had tried committing suicide even in September 2016, but no police case was registered at that time. "We counselled her not to repeat the same mistake," said Manoj Kumar Devak, her father. 

He said that Manjula was convinced and even regretted having taken the step, but of late, she had been tensed because her husband, Ritesh Virha, had started sending her photographs, showing him with another woman.

Police are trying to ascertain under what circumstances were those pictures and messages sent and received. 

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False case of dowry death!!
Law misused again by parents of dead woman!
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A case under sections and 304-B (dowry death ) and 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of IPC has been registered, said Chinmoy Biswal, additional DC- I (south).

Manjula had committed suicide on Tuesday night, days before she was to submit her PhD thesis.