A Suicide In Andhra

A guy sent this newspaper article from Andhra. The pictures in this pdf show what the article is about. I had it translated by a friend.

It is disturbing. I hope these bitches who file 498A know what the consequences can be for their actions. It can always be argued that girls are being burnt etc. Well, if you are so concerned about it, stop filing fake cases so that the real victims can get justice. These bitches are not helping these girls, who really need help, by clogging the courts with frivolous cases.

Here is the link to the article: A Suicide In Andhra


Sept 29, 2006 Karminagar, AP

He was broken hearted; enraged to no end at the infinite injustice meted out to him by the flawed system. He saw no point in continuing his miserable existence. He climbed up the roof of a tall three-storied building. He spent a tense three hours there. Police arrived on the scene. Fire brigade showed up too. They all pleaded with him to descend. In spite of their earnest pleas, would he still decide to jump? Seemed like no one really believed he would. There were many instances where desperate individuals suffering intense emotional turmoil made similar threats; but in the end they did not carry out their intentions. Eventually, they descended to reality. But he was different. Paying no heed to any entreaties, he finally did jump. What a fall it was! With hundreds witnessing the drama, he departed this world forever. No one could stop him, neither the police, nor the onlookers; nor the God himself.

Thursday morning, the small town of Karimnagar was abuzz with a bizarre news item – there seemed to be a young man who ascended a three storied building and is threatening to commit suicide by jumping from there. His name was Abdul Kareem. He was only 38. He hailed from a smallish town of Gagillapur in Bejjanki Mandal of Karimnagar district. In 1999, he married the girl of his dreams Khuthiza of Karimnagar. For six months, their life was a honeymoon. Things seemed to progress smoothly between them. Soon, the honeymoon ended and they started quarreling with each other.

Once, Khuthiza’s fingers were burnt accidentally. Khuthiza saw an opportunity to teach Rahim a lesson. Khutiza accused Rahim of intentionally burning her hands and implicated him in a police case. However, the case did not proceed far. With the help of the religious elders, they agreed to a compromise. Rahim was to pay Khuthiza a sum of one lakh rupees. They also agreed to a mutually acceptable divorce. However, Khuthiza was not satisfied with this settlement. She and her parents grew greedy for more. She filed a case in the High court alleging dowry harassment. Rahim attended a trial hearing that Monday. Friday was likely to be the day of the judgment; or so he was told. He was further told that, unless his estranged wife herself gives evidence in his favor, he was certain to be sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment.

Rahim was shattered. He was helpless. He knew not where to turn. He knew it was all trumped up and false. He knew he was innocent of these charges. He decided it was time to end it all. That fateful Thursday, he woke up early morning and reached the building at 6.30 am. He stood on the rooftop in a position ready to jump. The passers by informed the police of this man threatening to jump from the building and commit suicide. Police rushed to the scene. Police Inspector Mogilliah reached the third floor of the building surreptitiously from the rear side of the building. As he approached each floor, Mogiliah engaged Rahim in conversation. As soon as Mogiliah perceived that Rahim become aware of his attempts, Mogiliah turned back. In the meantime, Rahim gestured to the police that he was thirsty and requested some water. The police sent water up through a messenger boy. But before the boy could reach Rahim, Rahim jumped from the roof top. He encountered the electric wires in his descent and finally reached the ground with his head down. There was no chance of his survival. He was pronounced dead within an instance.



1 Response to “A Suicide In Andhra”

  1. 1 santhoshkumar.R.V March 23, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    These type of deaths will increase in urban society of India. Poligraph test must incorporated along with 498A.It is one of the remedy.


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