Boyfriend backs off from marriage citing insufficient dowry; 21-yr-old woman ends life in Alappuzha
Alappuzha: A young woman here committed suicide after her boyfriend went back on his marriage promise citing insufficient dowry.
The incident took place on Saturday. Archana (21), a BSc nursing student and a native of Arattupuzha, committed suicide by consuming a poisonous fruit.
Archana had informed her boyfriend that she was going to end her life. He informed Archana’s family about this with the help of a friend. Following this, Archana’s family members found her body.
Archana was in a relationship with the youth, who was her classmate and a resident of Kandalloor. Earlier, the youth had sought permission from Archana’s parents for their marriage. Archana’s parents had agreed to get them married once she completed her studies. The two remained in a relationship, but it was affected by problems over dowry.
The youth demanded more dowry for marrying Archana. As Archana’s family could not meet his demands, the youth backed off from the marriage promise. Meanwhile, the youth’s parents fixed his marriage with another young woman. On learning about this, Archana ended her life.
It was a few days after Archana’s death that her family members found voice recordings of her conversations with the youth.
Archana’s family alleged that the youth asked her to ‘go and kill herself’ and that they can get married after he divorces his wife.
Archana’s family demanded action against the youth whom they alleged is responsible for her death. The family is planning to file a complaint with the Chief Minister in this regard.
Meanwhile, police informed that an unnatural death case has been registered and that they will investigate the allegations.
(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Please seek the help of a mental health expert if you are under distress. Contact toll free number: 1056)