Health Minister orders inquiry

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The girl lived with her mother and two siblings
  • Dahej demands 150 grams of gold, 15 acres of land and a BMW car
  • The Health Minister has sought an inquiry report on the matter by December 14
Trivandrum:

Thiruvananthapuram: A 26-year-old doctor allegedly committed suicide in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, police said on Friday. This girl was killed by dowry. The lover had refused to marry her as his family could not meet the dowry demand. State Health Minister Veena George has ordered an inquiry into the death of Dr Shahana, who was pursuing her post-graduation from the Department of Surgery at the Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Was in a relationship... The
police have registered a case against the lover under abetment to suicide and under the Dowry Prevention Act. They have recorded the statements of the woman's family members. According to local media reports, Dr. Shahana lived with her mother and two siblings. His father, who worked in the Gulf country, died two years ago. She was in a relationship with Dr. E.A. Ruwais and the two decided to get married.


Dr. Shahana's family has alleged that Dr. Ruwais's family had demanded 150 grams of gold, 15 acres of land and a BMW car in dowry. According to a report in local newspaper Mathrubhumi, when Dr Shahana's family said they could not meet the demand, her boyfriend's family called off the wedding. Local residents alleged that this upset the young doctor and he committed suicide. It has been learned that a suicide note found in his apartment read- "Everyone only wants money."

The health minister
said the state women and child development department has been asked to submit a report on the allegations of dowry demand. The state minorities commission is also looking into the matter. The panel's chairman, A A Rashid, has asked the district collector, city police commissioner and director of medical education to appear before the commission on December 14 and submit a report.

State Women's Commission chairperson P Satidevi, who visited Dr Shahana's house and met the family, said if the mental agony caused by the demand for dowry had driven the young doctor to commit suicide, strict steps should be taken.

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