Anissia Batra, an air hostess with a German airline, committed suicide in Delhi last week (13 July).
Anissia Batra, the 39-year-old air hostess found out just last month that her husband Mayank Singhvi was a divorcee. She was hurt over the discovery and police suspect that the couple, married for a little over two years, had arguments over it.
Ahead of her death, the victim had messaged her friends to call police, which means she anticipated danger and wanted to call police. Moreover, the door of the room she was kept in was locked from outside,” news agency ANI quoted the mawyer of Anissia’s family as saying.
Anissia had been married for over two years and used to live with her husband in Hauz Khas. Before jumping off the terrace, Anisiya had sent a message to her husband that she would kill herself, police said. Her husband, a software engineer in Gurgaon, told police that they had regular fights as there were “compatibility issues”. The had an argument on Friday as well, following which Anisiya jumped from the terrace, police had earlier said.
Anissia’s last WhatsApp status read:
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered”.
Here is what Karan Batra, Anissia’s brother said:-
“We have been demanding Mayank and his parents’ immediate arrest, but the police arrested him after 72 hours only after the media picked up the case. His parents, who are co-accused in the first information report, or FIR, have still not been arrested. My father served in the Army for over decades. We believe in the system, but we want things to be done properly,” said Karan Batra, Anissia’s brother, told reporters outside the court today.
The family’s lawyer says that WhatsApp and text messages recovered from their mobile phones clearly show the involvement of her in-laws and yet no action has been taken against them.
“Mayank had not told her [Anissia] about his first marriage.”- Police
After she found out about his earlier relationship, she was quite hurt. It is suspected that they must have had arguments over it,” news agency PTI quoted an unnamed Delhi Police officer as saying.
Anissia’s family has accused Mayank of repeatedly assaulting his wife and of dowry harassment. The family is believed to have gifted the couple a BMW car and a diamond ring, both of which have been seized by the police.
History of Violence
Her father had filed a complaint in Hauz Khas police station on 27 June 2018, where Anissia’s father had said that right after marriage Mayank Singhvi had been “using physical force and beating her up.” The document shows that her father had suspected that Anissia’s in-laws might harm her in future and make it look like suicide.
In their complaint, Anissia’s parents also accused that Mayank and his parents had assaulted her and demanded dowry. The day she allegedly killed herself, she texted a friend about Mayank locking her up in a room
Twitter reacts angrily and starts a trend #JusticeForAnissia
— Shalini Negi (@negishalini20) July 18, 2018
— MAHESH BHATT (@MaheshBhatt2016) July 18, 2018
He reportedly pestered her for more dowry
He claims to have been an iBanker
Probably a failure in the job
So tried living off wife’s money
What a sham?
FWIW, he is an AAP-follower
— Whataboutery விஜயलक्ष्मी (@wataboutery) July 16, 2018
#AnissiaBatra https://t.co/U6er0WLLMl @womensweb
The value of a woman is reduced to dark, wheatish, fair, tall, short, fat or thin no matter how educated successful she is! It is in fact criminal to even think that expensive gifts will ensure your daughter’s safety and happiness.
— KhepiAri (@paulOaries) July 18, 2018
section 305B and 498A were included in the IPC for a purpose.
The victim #Anissiabatra has been assaulted on grounds of dowry. Her father had filed a complaint a couple of days ago.
What action has been taken since?#justiceforanissia
— Afeer Khan (@afeerk) July 17, 2018
Suicide is not a cowardly act- it is an act because of a coward!It is sad to see the real face of pseudo elitists and social activists!our lives are worth much more than having to put up with this!#anissiabatra #AnissiaDeathMystery
— vatsala kakroo (@vatsalakakroo) July 19, 2018
It gives me shiver down my spine each time I think about Anissia, and then I get more worried about the women who come from remote areas.. if Anissia an independent woman went through this, imagine what are they going through 😢#JusticeForAnnisia #anissiabatra #Domesticviolence
— Sana (@farooquisana) July 18, 2018
#AnissiaBatra died, trapped in an abusive marriage. Why do so many educated, empowered Indian women stay in terrible #relationships? No tie is greater than your life, ladies. Leave while you can-and thrive. Excellent piece by @Vandana5. RT: @DailyO_ https://t.co/A3WwlwzfIc
— Dr Srijana Mitra Das (@srijanapiya17) July 17, 2018
And this brings us to the big question — Why do literate, able, empowered women continue to suffer in marriages?
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