Sushmitha Raje, a 26-year-old singer, committed suicide on Monday morning at her mother’s home in Bengaluru. Her dead body was found hanging to the ceiling of the fan by her brother Sachin. Sushmitha had reportedly sent a message to her mother, Meenakshi, and brother, accusing her husband and in-laws of dowry harassment. As per a report published in Bangalore Times, while her mother’s phone was switched off, her brother read the message at around 5: 30 am and rushed to her room to find her dead body hanging to the ceiling of the fan. Also Read - Dog Owner Attacked as Her Dog Was Barking, Dies of Heart Attack Later
As mentioned by the police, Sushmitha got married to Sharath Kumar in 2018 who was harassing her along with her mother, Vaidehi and sister, Geetha, for dowry. The singer, who didn’t want to trouble her mother by opening up about the harassment, decided to end her life at her mother’s place. Reportedly, she had a fight with Sharath, manager of a car showroom in the area, on Sunday, after which she moved to her mother’s house. Also Read - Wendell Rodricks Passes Away: Anushka Sharma, Malaika Arora, Esha Gupta Mourn Ace Designer
All the three accused in the case are absconding ever since the news of Sushmitha’s death got circulated. The singer’s mother, Meenakshi, registered a case of dowry death under IPC Section 304B at the Annapoorneshwari Nagar police station. In her statement to the police, the woman’s mother mentioned that it was she who forced her to get married to Sharath while her daughter wasn’t ready for the marriage. She added that she had spent over Rs 20 lakh on the wedding and also gave 150 grams of gold to Sushmitha and Sharath. The mother said she had a tough time making arrangements for the wedding and Sushmitha was aware of the struggle – that’s the reason she didn’t want to inform her about the dowry harassment she was being subjected to. Also Read - Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Passes Away at 103, Son Michael Douglas Writes a Heartwarming Note
Her mother’s full statement read, “Sushmitha was aware that I had raised a huge loan and hid from me the fact that she was under huge pressure to get more dowry. Sharath and his family members used to harass her and ask her to leave the house. Where could she go? She knew how society would treat her if she left her husband. She had seen my plight after my husband left me. All this might have pushed her to take the extreme step.”
The police are now on a hunt for the accused and the probe in the matter is on.