Chennai: Pregnant woman commits suicide, relatives allege torture and dowry charges


VELLORE: A pregnant woman aged around 26-year-old allegedly ended her life at her husband’s place in Perumugai village in the wee hours of Sunday. The relatives of the perished suspected the case to be one of a foul play and staged a protest on the premises of the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital on Monday demanding the deatinment of her husband and in-laws.

The relatives of the deceased recognized as Saranya, alleged that her in-laws tortured and murdered her following a demand of dowry of four sovereigns of gold.

“We won’t get the body of Saranya until police will arrest her better half Inbanathan and in-laws for torturing and killing her,” said the deceased’s uncle Jayakumar. Jayakumar held up a case against Inbanathan, his folks, sisters and brother-in-law Dhamodharan, a representative of TANGEDCO.

Saranya’s folks gave six sovereigns of gold adornments, Rs 80,000 in cash and family articles as dowry amid her marriage on December 1, 2016.

Saranya, a postgraduate degree holder, was employed as a teaching faculty in a private establishment in Kaveripakkam with a salary of around Rs 10,000, said Laxmanan, a relative of the victim.

However, Inbanathan and his family professedly tormented her requesting four sovereign endowment on the event of the third month post marriage custom. They purportedly constrained Saranaya to leave her place of employment.

“Dhamodharan mishandled and furthermore abuseed Saranya and her dad Sathiyachelan when the last went to meet his daughter. Without considering Saranya’s health condition, her in-laws made to work throughout the day,” he included.

Around 8am on Sunday, Saranya’s dad in-law called her dad and told that she conferred suicide by hanging. On hearing this, Sathiyachelan blacked out. His senior sibling, Jayakumar, and a couple of their relatives raced to Perumugai. “When we achieved the house, we discovered Saranya’s body in the corridor. There were blood wounds all over,” said Jayakumar.

He speculated an unfairness in the demise and documented a protestation with the Sathuvachari police against Saranya’s in-laws and expressed that she was tormented and killed requesting share. The police enrolled a case under Section 174 (3) of the CrPC and sent the case to Revenue Divisional Officer of Vellore C Ajay Srinivasan for sub-legal judge examination as the lady died inside seven years of the marriage.