A police constable whose son allegedly committed suicide under pressure has launched a determined fight against her department seeking fair probe into the death.
Alleging that some “influential” persons “abetted” her son, Mohammad Abbas Ali, 22, to commit suicide, 45-year-old Noorjahan Sultana, a constable attached to Krishnalanka police station, launched a fight against her parent department.
“Even after three months of the death of my only son, no arrests have been made. Despite my several appeals, there is no response from the higher ups of the department,” Ms. Noorjahan alleged at a press conference on Saturday. Abbas Ali jumped into Ryve's Canal on the night of January 8 and the Suryaraopet police initially registered a case under Section 174 (suspicious death) of the Criminal Procedure Code. Following a request made by Ms. Noorjahan, the police altered the case to Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code and seized a suicide note purportedly written by Abbas Ali.
Ms. Noorjahan said her son and Tasneem, a girl of the neighbourhood, were in love. “The girl's parents opposed it and harassed my son in different ways. They had even taken the help of some police officials to harass him,” she alleged. Holding the girl and her parents Muneer, Arif and their friends responsible for the suicide of her son, Ms. Noorjahan alleged instead of counselling her son and the girl, the police registered a case of harassment against her son. “I have come to know that a few political leaders are extending their support to the accused and are influencing the police. That is why no action has been initiated against the accused so far,” she alleged. Ms. Noorjahan said she had already sent a letter to the State Human Rights Commission seeking justice. The copies of the letter were also sent to the Chief Minister, the Home Minister and the Director-General of Police.