Ruwaisi and Shahana were pursuing postgraduation.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 26-year-old doctor Shahana commits suicide in Kerala
  • Shahana accuses boyfriend of demanding dowry
  • Police have recovered Shahana's suicide note from the spot
New Delhi:

Shahana, a 26-year-old doctor in Kerala, committed suicide after her boyfriend allegedly demanded dowry and the family could not meet it. Dr. Shahana has alleged in the suicide note that her boyfriend Dr. E.A. Ruwais's dowry demand provoked her to commit suicide. "It is true that my family cannot provide <>.<> kg of gold and one acre of land to them on demand," Dr Shahana said in the purported note.

Dr Shahana's family alleged that the accused's family demanded 15.<> kg of gold, <> acres of land and a BMW car in dowry.

In the suicide note, the police quoted the victim as saying that she committed suicide as the accused intended to ruin her life by promising to marry her. According to Mathrubhumi, in her suicide note, Shahana said that it seems that everyone's focus is on money.

Ruwais' father was adamant on dowry: Jasim

Shahana's brother Jasim Naas told Mathrubhumi, "In November, my mother and I went to his house and met his family. His father was adamant on dowry. I told them we will give as much as we can, but they were not ready to negotiate," said Shahana, who has two siblings, whose father died two years ago.

Broke Shahana emotionally: Jasim

"We were open to the idea of a registered marriage, but Ruwais wanted the dowry demanded by his parents. He backed out," he said, adding that these incidents broke his sister emotionally. "She decided to marry him because she thought he was a good man," he told the media.

Case registered for abetment to suicide

The police have registered a case of abetment to suicide and booked under the Dowry Prohibition Act and described him as a "supporter of dowry" in his remand report submitted to the court today. The accused has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Health Minister orders inquiry

Ruwais was a popular student leader in the college and was also on the state committee of the Kerala Medical Post Graduates' Association. State Health Minister Veena George has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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