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Suicide at police station

A woman in her late 30s, apparently frustrated over alleged inaction on a sexual exploitation complaint filed by her, consumed poison at Pandra police station in Ranchi late on Tuesday evening. She died while being taken to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

Manju Kumari was allegedly in a live-in relationship with a lawyer for over two decades, but recently claimed he had been sexually exploiting her.

An FIR in this connection was first lodged on November 22 at Mahila Thana (women’s police station) with the help of a women’s group wherein she had accused the lawyer of taking advantage of her for the last 20 years. “He was living with me for long, exploited me sexually with the promise of marriage. However, he is now planning to marry someone else,” she said in her complaint.

According to the deceased’s relatives, there had been no development in the case since then. “There was no effort to nab the accused or interrogate him. Rather, both the police and the lawyer connived and were trying to pressurise her to withdraw the case. She was mentally tortured so much so that she didn’t have any other option today but to end her life fed up with false assurances,” said a close relative.

It wasn’t clear whether the woman had any children or not till the time of filing the report. She was unemployed.

Initial information suggested that the woman apparently consumed sulphur tablets inside the police station, which she was carrying.

When contacted, police maintained that they were investigating the matter. However, the station in-charge didn’t pick up the phone despite several attempts. “It’s unfortunate that she chose to end her life,” said an officer.

Sources at Mahila Thana confirmed an inquiry was going on after the FIR was lodged. “But we were yet to reach any logical conclusion and today we heard that she had ended her life,” said a policewoman.

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