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Bahu found dead after saas scolding

The body of a 23-year-old woman was found hanging in her Golmuri home on Friday, pointing to suicide, but as the victim had tearfully called her mother up on Thursday night complaining of her mother-in-law’s verbal lashing, her family is not ruling out foul play.

Ravinder Kaur, married for two years to Golmuri-based furniture dealer Rahuldeep Singh and mother of a year-old girl, was discovered hanging in her room by her sister-in-law Puja Kaur around 10am at their home in Hira Singh Bagan area.

Puja, supervising the maid swabbing the floors, heard the wails of Ravinder’s daughter from her room. As the door was not bolted, Puja entered the room to comfort the child and saw Ravinder hanging.

Rahuldeep had left home about 30-40 minutes before with an all-male group of friends and relatives for a sightseeing trip to Dalma. He was immediately called back.

Ravinder was rushed to MGM hospital. “Doctors declared her brought dead,” said Rahuldeep’s uncle and Puja’s father Kakke Singh, who was among those who took her to the hospital.

Ravinder’s mother Ranjita Kaur, who stays in East Plan Bustee in Burmamines, said she did not rule out foul play and blamed her daughter’s mother-in-law Harpreet Kaur.

“Things were tense between my daughter and her mother-in-law Harpreet Kaur since the past few weeks. Last night, around 9.45pm my daughter called me on my cellphone and asked for her father. When I asked why, a sobbing Ravinder said her mother-in-law had scolded her very badly and told her things that should not have been uttered. When I asked her what she meant, she said she would tell us today. But she died before she could say anything,” the mother said.

Ranjita added that her daughter and Rahuldeep had a love marriage. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report. Only then will we decide whether to lodge a case against my daughter’s in-laws,” she said.

Golmuri thana OC (acting) Ashok Kumar Singh said: “Post-mortem and statements of family members will give us further clues.”