Delhi: AIIMS doctor commits suicide, gay husband held

New Delhi: A 31-year-old doctor at AIIMS allegedly committed suicide by slitting her wrist with a sharp-edged object after her husband started mentally torturing her after she learnt that he was actually gay. Failed marriage, breach of trust and hiding of the sexual orientation by her husband forced Priya Vedi to commit suicide in a hotel room in central Delhi's Paharganj locality.

Her body was recovered by a police team from her room, police said. Before taking the extreme step, Priya Vedi, a senior anaesthetist at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, wrote a note on her Facebook account and also left a suicide note alleging that her husband was gay and he used to torture her.

Priya Vedi's husband Kamal Vedi, 34, a dermatologist at AIIMS, was arrested later on Sunday on the basis of the suicide note. Police said that Priya's husband had filed a missing complaint on Saturday evening when he failed to contact her on her mobile since morning. "After Priya's missing report, we had launched a man-hunt. It was alleged that she could be hiding near Nabi Karim area in central Delhi," Deputy Commissioner of Police Parmaditya said.

Police said that the couple got married five years ago and since then they were staying in AIIMS staff quarters in south Delhi. Police got the information about Priya Vedi's death during search operation of several hotels in Paharganj. "Officials broke open the door and found her lying in a pool of blood on the bed, after they failed to get friendly entry inside Priya's room by knocking at the door," a police official privy to investigation said.

"She had slit her writs with a sharp-edged weapon and was lying in unconscious condition. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead," said the official. The police team also found a suicide note from her possession in which she had mentioned her sour marital status which led to her committing suicide.

"She had mentioned about her husband's sexual orientation in her note. She had written that since she got to know about her husband's bisexuality, he used to torture her and harass her for dowry. "We are investigating the case from all angles and based on the suicide note we have arrested Kamal from his residence at AIIMS quarters in the afternoon. He has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code," Parmaditya said.

Priya Vedi's latest post on Facebook specifically mentioned that her husband was gay. "Dr Kamal Vedi, I never wanted anything from you but due to your abnormal sexuality you thought that I need sex from you. But it's wrong... "...I just wanted to be with you, accepting you and your sexual orientation because I loved you very much but you never knew importance of this. You are a criminal of my life. Dr Kamal's family is innocent but you are a devil," her last message on Facebook read.

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