On 10 April 2017, a 21-year-old student of the School of Open Learning (SOL) committed suicide by hanging herself in her Roop Nagar home. She left behind a suicide note in which she held her lover, Ved Prakash, responsible for her death. The note revealed that Prakash had been constantly threatening the girl that he would post their private images and videos online if she did not come with him to Patna.
The girl, whose family hails from Madhya Pradesh, had come to Delhi to pursue higher education. She had met and fallen for Prakash and the two had planned to get married after three years of being in a romantic relationship. Neither student’s family approved of this relationship. Initially, when the girl asked Prakash to marry her he started avoiding her by not answering her calls or meeting her. Eventually, he demanded that she abandon her education and family to join him in Patna. “Prakash was forcing the girl to leave her family and come with him to Bihar, but she was unwilling”, said a police officer. In an effort to pressure her, Prakash then threatened to leak videos of a sensitive nature on social media.
The girl’s family revealed that she had filed a rape complaint against Prakash on 8 April at the Model Town police station. When the authorities failed to redress her grievance, she hanged herself at her residence two days later. Consequently, the police have filed a case of abetment to suicide against Prakash. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), Jatin Narwal, stated, “A team has been sent to arrest him.”
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