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Kerala Dowry Harassment Case: Woman Died By Hanging, Autopsy Reveals

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Vismaya death: The Kerala woman in the case of dowry harassment that has gripped national attention died by hanging, autopsy reports reveal. The 22-year-old was found dead on June 21, days after complaining of physical assault by her husband.

Whether Vismaya Nair’s death was a murder or suicide has not been ascertained yet. Her husband, Kiran Kumar surrendered to the police on Monday night. More on that here. He was arrested in the case a day later.

“It is too early to conclude whether she was hanged by someone or committed suicide. That can be decided after getting the detailed postmortem and forensic reports,” police said, as quoted in the New Indian ExpressNair’s family has alleged Kiran’s hand in their daughter’s death.

Kerala Dowry Cases In The Spotlight: Vismaya Death Sends Shockwaves

Nair was a final year Bachelors student of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery student. A few days before her death, she had sent photos of injuries on her body to a cousin, alleging domestic violence. On the morning of June 21, she was found dead at Kiran’s home in Sooranad.

Her family revealed shocking details of marital abuse she faced since marrying Kiran in 2020, over dowry harassment. Kiran was reportedly unhappy with the car he had received as dowry and demanded cash in exchange for it. More details here.

“She would call me from the bathroom, and once she told me that he hit her so badly in the face that her mouth was bleeding. I told her to come back, but she said what people say, she will somehow endure it,” Nair’s mother was quoted saying. She further claimed Kiran had prevented her daughter from contacting any of her family.

An officer with the state transport department, Kiran has reportedly been suspended from service following his involvement in the case. Police say he has admitted to physically assaulting his late wife.

Shockingly, other reports of dowry deaths consecutively surfaced in Kerala this week. On Tuesday, two married women were found dead in the state in cases of alleged suicides over dowry harassment. 19-year-old Suchitra was found hanging at her in-laws’ place in Alappuzha while 24-year-old Archana was found immolated at the residence she shared with her husband. More here.