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Cops' refusal to register complaint drives woman to suicide, alleges family

Feeling betrayed by her boyfriend and by the law, who allegedly did not accept her complaint, a 23-year-old girl committed suicide on Wednesday by consuming phenyl. The victim’s family, residents of Byculla, said that the girl was in a relationship with Aijaz Mohammad since 2011. “He forced her to have a physical relationship with him by saying that he would marry her. But, in July, he dumped her,” said a family member.

After the betrayal, the woman, who worked as a nurse at a hospital, felt helpless and approached the police to register a complaint against Mohammad. But, her family alleges that officials forced her to leave without listening to her or filing a complaint. However, Vinayak Deshmukh, DCP, said, “The girl gave us a complaint letter against the accused, Mohammad, on August 28. Following which she was called to the police station on Sunday to register her statement. On Monday, she drank phenyl and attempted to end her life.”

She was rushed to JJ hospital after the attempt where the police recorded her statement, in which she said that the accused had forced her to have sex with him. However, on Wednesday at 10.30 am, the victim died following which the accused was arrested. Mohammad has been booked under sections 376 (rape) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. He has been remanded to police custody till Saturday. Shahbaz Pathan, the 23-year-old’s advocate said that the accused had earlier raped her and later promised to marry her but then dumped her. 

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