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IIT-Delhi PhD Student Allegedly Commits Suicide Because Of Dowry Demands

Published on 1 June, 2017 at 7:14 pm By

A 27-year-old student committed suicide inside IIT-Delhi campus due to alleged harassment by her in-laws.

Manjula Devak was found hanging from a fan in her apartment in Nalanda Apartment in Delhi on Tuesday. Her father alleged that she was being harassed by her in-laws for her studies and for dowry.


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Manjula had married Ritesh Virha in 2013 and had moved to Delhi from Bhopal for her PhD studies. Manjula’s father added that it was made clear before the marriage that Manjula will pursue higher studies and her in-laws had accepted that.



However, according to Daily Bhaskar, the last few messages exchanged between Majula and her younger sister revealed that she was happy to get divorce from Ritesh. One of the messages also allegedly reads that her father-in-law had asked her to return to Bhopal and had asked her to keep quiet if she was beaten to maintain the peace at home.

 

Manjula’s father also revealed that she was harassed for dowry of Rs.20 lakhs so that Ritesh could start his own business after quitting his job.


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Ritesh had moved to Delhi in 2015 to live with Manjula and it was then that she had first attempted to commit suicide by slitting her wrist.

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