Air Hostess ‘Jumps’ To Death, Family Claims Dowry Torture

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An air hostess working for Lufthansa Airlines reportedly committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of her house in south Delhi’s Panchsheel Park on July 13. On Monday (16th July), the police arrested Mayank Singhvi, the husband of the flight attendant. Mayank has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks, reported NDTV.

The 39-year-old air hostess’s family alleged that she was murdered by her husband, a software engineer in Gurgaon. They have also alleged that her husband and in-laws were harassing her for dowry.

The woman had been married for over two years and used to live with her husband in Hauz Khas. Her husband rushed her to Max Hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

She even sent messages to her friends and close family members that she was ending her life because of marital conflict. Anissia’s colleague and a close friend claimed that they received messages from her around 4 pm on Friday in which she said that she was ending her life and that she had been “locked inside the room” by her husband. She even sent a message to her husband that she would kill herself, the police said.

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DCP (South) Romil Baaniya said the deceased was an air hostess and the incident took place around 4.30 pm. “She had sent a message to her husband Mayank, informing him that she was going to take the extreme step,” Baaniya said

Compatibility issues

However, Mayank said that he reached the terrace immediately, but did not find her.  He told police that there were “compatibility issues” and they had regular fights. They even had an argument on the day when Anissia committed suicide.

A close friend of Anissiaa claimed, “I met her a few weeks ago, she was stressed… There were bruises and scratches on her arms.”

Police have registered a case. On Saturday night, an FIR was lodged under IPC Section 304B (dowry death). They are questioning the husband and the family members.

Dowry complaint on June 27

According to reports, Anissia’s father, a retired Army major, had filed at Hauz Khas police station on June 27, alleging torture by her husband and in-laws over dowry.

In his complaint, Army Major (Retired) RS Batra had written if she is physically harmed, her husband and his parents should be held responsible

Karan Batra, the deceased’s brother, alleged: “She got married in 2016… Her husband assaulted her on several occasions… he even hit our mother once. My parents temporarily moved to Delhi from Chandigarh for her. They had to leave on June 27 for a medical emergency and filed that complaint.”

He even said she tried contacting them just before she died. He told reporters, “My sister messaged us to call the police. She said Mayank had locked her in a room. ‘…because of him my life is going to go, please don’t leave him,’ she wrote. We don’t know if he pushed her or she jumped, but we have been trying to get them arrested and police aren’t helping.”

The family alleged the post-mortem wasn’t “videographed as ordered by the SDM”. The DCP said, “The hospital did not videograph the post-mortem, but we are ready to get it done again once the family approves.”

Picture Credit: NDTV

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