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Woman commits suicide July 2, 2007

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Woman commits suicide; victim of torture, say neighbours

Kolkata, July 02: Alleged sexual deviation of husband and torture by
mother-in-law, forced a 31-year-old housewife to suicide.

Preeti Verma, a resident of G 504, Green Valley Complex of Kaikhali, hanged
herself in her bedroom on Saturday, on the eve of her fifth marriage
anniversary. A suicide note was found on her.

In the note, she wrote that she was ending her life as she could not bear
the torture by her husband and mother-in-law, the police said.

The body was sent for postmortem after the arrival of Preeti’s two younger
brothers from Ranchi. Her husband Sanjay, a gold trader, and his cousin
Munnu, who also stayed at the same house, was arrested, said police
officer-in-charge Dhiraj Banerjee. They were remanded in jail custody.

A case has been registered against Sanjay’s mother Savitri, but she is
absconding, police said. “We have recovered a suicide note and a complaint
made by her brothers. But there are some other inputs, like statements of
her neighbours. Some said her husband was gay and had sexual relations with
his cousin. The fact that her body was brought down by the two of them,
without informing police or any other member of the complex, forced us to
take another look at the case,” said an investigating officer of Airport
Police Station.

Sanjay’s father Indrajeet said: “Every evening, Preeti took a nap. On
Saturday too, she went for a nap in her room, while my wife and I went to
the rooftop. We returned around 9.30pm and found the door locked. We
knocked, but got no response. We thought she was still sleeping. Later,
around 11 pm, my son and Munnu (the cousin) came back home. My son unlocked
the door with his key and found her hanging.”

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