A 34-year-old woman, identified as Divya, was found dead inside her flat in Shipra Suncity, a housing condominium in Indirapuram. Her parents alleged torture and murder by her in-laws. The parents have filed an FIR at Indirapuram police station. The Police have detained the deceased's father in-law and husband for interrogation.
However, police have recovered a suicide note. Divya worked at HDFC bank in New Delhi. She had put down her papers and was serving a notice period in the office.
Police said that on Monday evening, they had received a call from Divyas's father in law saying that she has locked herself up in her bedroom for more than an hour was and not responding to the calls. When police reached the flat, they saw the door lock of her room broken and her body hanging from a ceiling fan supported with a dupatta knotted around her neck.
Divya's husband was in office when the incident took place. Only her father in law was present in the house during the time of the incident, police added.
"Her father in law told the police that she had gone to her bedroom after feeding her child. Around 7 pm, he called her for some work but she did not open the door, and he raised the alarm and called the security for help. They came and broke the door of her bedroom and found her hanging," said Sandeep Kumar Singh, SHO, Indirapuram Police Station and investigating officer of the case.
"We have recovered a brief suicide note written in English. The note assumed to be written by Divya says that nobody is responsible for the action she has taken. In the note, she has also requested her father to look after her one year old son," Singh added.
The deceased was married to Shailendra Singh who works as a Vice President in a private firm in Gurugram. The couple was married 8-9 years ago. They have an eight month old child, as per the FIR.
“Divya's father in law, VP Singh, was retired from Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation as Deputy General Manager,” said the police.
In the FIR, the deceased's father has blamed Divya's husband Shailendra, his parents and sister for torturing and murdering his daughter. "Around 7 pm, we received a call from her father in-law that she had locked herself in her room and is not opening it. He asked me to come to his house. When I reached there around 8:30 pm, I saw her body lying in her bedroom," said Vinod Kumar Singh, Divya’s father.
"I have a suspicion that they tortured her so much that she died. Later, they hung her body to make it appear as a case of suicide," Singh alleged in the FIR. Singh is a doctor by profession and lives in Noida.
Singh also alleged that the Divya's husband and her in-laws had a problem with her job, while Divya was a career oriented woman.
"Divya after her B-tech got placed in HCL Bangalore. After marriage, her husband and in laws forced her to leave the job and shift to Indirapuram to live with her in-laws. She then qualified for a post of Probationary Officer in State Bank of India. She was posted in Badauda, Gujarat, but was again forced by her husband and in-laws to leave job and come back to Indirapuram," Singh alleged in the FIR.
Divya’s dead body has been sent for postmortem and the report is awaited.
Speaking on the matter, SP (city) Shlok Kumar said that prima facie, the case appears of suicide. "However, we are exploring all angles including dowry. We have even detained husband and father in law of the deceased for questioning. “
Meanwhile, Kumar said, “As per marital laws, since the marriage Divya and Shailendra’s marriage is older than 7 years, provision of dowry death can't be enforced. However, we would add sections of dowry if evidences say so."
As of now, the police have booked Shailendra, his father, mother and sister under section 302 (punishment for murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).