Another Dowry Murder Staged as Suicide?
New Delhi, November 13, 2012
24-year-old interior designer, Payal Batra’s death has all the markings of dowry murders in middle and upper class homes in India, which are often staged as “suicides” by hanging. The case is under police investigation.
Payal Batra’s husband and in-laws claimed that Payal hung herself using her shawl. However according to a statement given by Payal’s father, Naresh Batra, his daughter had been harassed and abused for dowry ever since she got married to Gaurav last February. He said, “Ever since her marriage took place, her in-laws as well as Gaurav had been harassing her for dowry. Three times she returned home unable to withstand the mental torture. Last month, she came here and stayed for 15 days before Gaurav arrived to take her home. She even bought expensive electronic items on Sunday morning to please her relatives at Dhanteras (Diwali). Yet she was harassed so much that she ended up dead the next morning.” Full report here