28/03/2016 6:15 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Alleging Dowry Harassment, 25-Year-Old Former Model Hangs Herself In Delhi


A 25-year-old woman committed suicide in south Delhi's Defence Colony and her body was found hanging in her home on 27 March morning. The former model has allegedly left behind a suicide note where she has said that her husband beat her up brutally and she couldn't bear with the torture anymore.

Priyanka Kapoor married Nitin Chawla in January this year. According to a report on The Indian Express, her family has alleged that Chawla used to physically abuse her often and mentally torture her for dowry. Chawla owns several pubs in the city. The landlord of the GK II property he runs a pub in told the police that he is in a financial crisis and had not paid rent for two months.

The Indian Express reports: "At 12.30 am on March 27, police received a call from Priyanka’s family members, who said her room was locked from inside and she was not responding to their pleas to open the door."

“We broke open the door with help from fire brigade personnel,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Prem Nath told the paper.

India Today reports that two suicide notes were recovered from the house. In one of the notes, Kapoor said that she had to marry Chawla out of desperation. She added that marrying Chawla was the biggest mistake of her life.

"The police got a call from Priyanka's family member and reached the spot. Priyanka's mother and husband were standing outside the room which was locked from inside. Police broke open the door in their presence with members of the fire brigade. Priyanka was found hanging from the ceiling fan. She was shifted to AIIMS, where the doctor declared her brought dead," a Delhi Police official is quoted as saying in the India Today report.

Chawla, who was formerly married, divorced his first wife to marry Kapoor. His 10-year-old son from his first marriage had come to stay at their house and reportedly, Kapoor was not happy with the arrangement. An altercation followed, after which Chawla allegedly asked Kapoor to leave their house. "Nitin wanted me to leave his house, I am leaving the world," Kapoor is believed to have said in one of the suicide notes.

On the basis of statements from Dimpi Kapoor, Kapoor's sister, the police has registered a case against Chawla under Section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) , 498A (husband or relative… subjecting her to cruelty), 304B (where death is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs otherwise) and 34 (common intention).

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