Pressured for divorce, Dalit woman kills self
Ahmedabad: A Dalit woman was allegedly tortured by her in-laws, members of the Patel caste, to divorce their son after they came to know her caste. The Dalit woman, a teacher in Surat, committed suicide by ingesting poison at a hotel in the Kalupur area of the city on Wednesday.
The FIR lodged with Kalupur police by the girl’s father, Dinesh Solanki, a ceramics worker in Morbi and a resident of the Varachha area in Surat, stated that his daughter, Nayna (26), married a Patel boy named Ravi on May 14. The marriage was arranged by a woman named Jayshree Patel, without informing Nayna’s parents.
“After we learned that Nayna had married Ravi, we went to meet her at her in-laws’ place in Surat. When we got there, they learned that we belong to the Dalit caste and were infuriated. They then started pressuring my daughter to give their son a divorce,” the FIR states. Nayna later also told her parents and relatives that she was being tortured by her in-laws because she was a Dalit.
“On Wednesday morning, we got a call from Kalupur police stating a woman had consumed poison at a hotel and died at Civil Hospital in Asarwa. I learned from Nayna’s father-in-law that she had divorced Ravi on September 22,” Solanki said. Police sources said Nayna and Ravi had both stayed at the hotel in Kalupur, where she ingested the poison.
Nayna’s grandfather Manji Solanki told TOI, “Our family did not know how she married Ravi, but a woman named Jayshree Patel had arranged the wedding.” “Ravi had also ingested poison along with Nayna, but he was saved while Nayna died,” Solanki added.
In her dying declaration, Nayna stated that Jayshree Patel, who had arranged the wedding, and Ravi’s parents, Ghanshyam and Daya Kachhadia, had forced her to grant Ravi a divorce, after which she poisoned herself. Police booked the accused under for abetment to suicide and under the Prevention of Atrocities Act.
ACP B C Desai, the investigating officer of the case, was unavailable for comment despite several attempts.
Source: TOI, Oct 05, 2018