The parents of a 30-year-old postgraduate homemaker who hanged herself on Tuesday night at her house in SBM Colony, Yeshwanthpur, have said she had been harassed for more dowry ever since they married her off to an IBM employee.

The dead woman is Shailaja, married to Sridhar (34), both Andhra Pradesh natives.

Yeshwantpur police, investigating the case, said: “It is clear the girl has been subjected to dowry harassment, but we are not sure if it is murder or suicide. The couple fought on Tuesday night after which [she was found hanged].”

The police said the couple got married for nearly one and a half years and Shailaja’s family said she had been harassed for more dowry ever since.

“She was not being allowed contact her parents who said her husband and in-laws always abused her in the name of dowry,” the Yeshwantpur police said.

Shailaja’s parents told the police they had given their son-in-law Rs. 10 lakh in cash as dowry but that did not stop him harassing her.

Report awaited

Right now the police are treating her death as suspicious and are awaiting the results of the forensic report. They have registered a dowry death case.

Student ends life

Prithviraj (22), a diploma student, hanged himself on Wednesday evening at his home in Hongasandra. A Madivala police official said: “His father told us the boy had not shown any signs of depression nor was there any problem at home.” He said the parents are in a state of shock.

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