A software engineer committed suicide by hanging at her brother’s house in Ashok Colony, Kushaiguda on Sunday evening due to alleged harassment by her husband, the police said.

N. Ramya Keerthi, 27, who was working in Cognizant, came to her brother Suman Babu’s house three weeks ago after quarrelling with her husband Meghanath. On Sunday, Babu and his family went out in connection with some work and returned home in the evening only to find the door open. They entered the kitchen and found Keerthi hanging by a bed-sheet.

A suicide note purportedly written by Keerthi, stated that her husband and father-in-law were responsible for her death. She sought forgiveness from her father Eshwar Prasad for taking such a drastic step, Kushaiguda Sub-Inspector K. Laxmana Rao said, quoting the note. Mr. Prasad is a senior government official in New Delhi.

Inquiries by the police revealed that Meghanath, a private employee, married Keerthi 18 months ago. He used to consume liquor and harass her. He beat her up on several occasions on trivial issues, the SI said after collecting details from the family members.

Based on a complaint lodged by Mr. Babu, the police registered a case under Sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC against Meghanath and his father and handed over the body to family members after an autopsy at the Gandhi hospital. “We are yet to arrest Meghanath and his father,” the SI added.

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