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New Delhi: On Tuesday, November 23, 21-year-old law student from Kerala’s Aluva, Mofiya Praveen Dilshad died by suicide. In her suicide note, she accused her husband, Muhammed Suhail of harassment and domestic abuse, also naming his parents, Yusuf and Rukhia and C.L. Sudhir, station house officer (SHO) of the Aluva East police station, the Hindu reported.
One month prior to her death, Dilshad had reportedly filed a police complaint alleging abuse at the hands of her husband and his family. Rather than registering the complaint, the police reportedly tried to settle the matter by calling Dilshad and Suhail, along with their families, to the police station.
Here, as detailed in Dilshad’s suicide note, the SHO misbehaved with her and refused to take note of her alleged abuse at the hands of her husband. Her “final wish”, as per her note, was for action to be taken against the SHO as well as Suhail and his family.
On Wednesday, November 24, the Kothamangalam police arrested Suhail and his parents, charging them with Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 498 (A) (husband or a relative of the husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), Aluva deputy superintendent of policy P. K. Sivankutty told the Hindu.
While Sudhir has been removed from his post as SHO and an inquiry is reportedly underway against him, no case has been registered as of yet.
Dilshad, studying law at a college in Kerala’s Thodupuzha, had befriended Suhail on Facebook. Their friendship grew into a relationship until finally, they were married in April this year. According to Dilshad’s father and friends, Suhail was a vlogger and claimed to have a job in the UAE, the News Minute reported.
Shortly after their wedding, Suhail reportedly demanded Rs 40 lakh as dowry from Dilshad to produce a film. When she refused, Suhail, who Dilshad’s father claims was actually unemployed and dependent on his wife’s earnings as a freelance designer, started abusing her.
In October, Dilshad attempted to file a complaint against her husband with the Aluva police, to no avail. In the meantime, Suhail even sent a talaq notice to the family mosque, but mosque officials refused to accept the same, reportedly calling it “old fashioned”.
A few days prior to the incident, Dilshad, once again approached the Aluva superintendent of police who told her to go to the police station.
On Monday, in an attempt to settle the dispute, both parties, along with their families were summoned to the police station by SHO Sudhir. There, Dilshad’s family alleged that Suhdir was rude to her. Unable to avail of any respite, Dilshad, frustrated, slapped Suhail. While the police’s version of the account notes that Sudhir reprimanded her for the same, her family alleges that the SHO made her out as the perpetrator.
Interestingly, Sudhir was the investigating officer in the Uthra murder case in which the deceased woman’s husband was charged with murder for attacking her with a cobra. He was allegedly transferred to Aluva as a punishment for his improper handling of that case.
Upon returning from the police station, Dilshad took her own life, demanding action against Sudhir, Suhail and his family.
If you know someone – friend or family member – at risk of suicide, please reach out to them. The Suicide Prevention India Foundation maintains a list of telephone numbers they can call to speak in confidence. Icall, a counselling service run by TISS, has maintained a crowdsourced list of therapists across the country. You could also take them to the nearest hospital.