In a suspected case of dowry death, a 26-year-old woman was found dead at her residence in Kallahalli, off Bangalore-Mysore Highway, on Saturday night.
According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Tejaswini, an engineering graduate, who was married three years ago to Raghavendra, an assistant professor at Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences. The couple have a two-year-old son.
The police said that the victim was being allegedly harassed by her husband and his family for more dowry. On Saturday night, Raghavendra’s family telephoned the victim’s father, Devaraju, informing him that his daughter had hanged herself.
According to Mr. Devaraju, Tejaswini had called him at 8 p.m. on Saturday to inform him that she would visit her mother’s house on Wednesday.
But two hours later, Mr. Devaraju received the news of Tejaswini’s death.
Mr. Devaraju alleged that strangulation marks were found on Tejaswini’s neck. He alleged that Raghavendra’s family had killed her before hanging her body from the ceiling.
He said he had given cash, vehicle, gold ornaments and other materials worth of Rs. 80 lakh in the form of dowry during the wedding.
“Even after that, Raghavendra and his family have been harassing her and demanding dowry. Also, he has been torturing my daughter suspecting her character,” alleged the inconsolable father.
The victim’s family and friends ransacked Raghavendra’s residence and office on Sunday morning and burnt a two-wheeler. The police had to intervene and bring the situation under control.
An FIR has been lodged against Raghavendra and his family, the police said. The accused persons are absconding.