It is a matter of national shame how even in the 21st century our daughters are facing dowry harassment at the hands of their husbands and in-laws. Recently one such daughter, Ayesha, after being tired of fighting the harassment, ended her life.
23-year-old, Ayesha ended her life as she jumped into the Sabarmati river at the Riverfront side in Ahmedabad. Before taking the extreme step to end her life, Ayesha recorded a heartbreaking video on her phone. She shared her heart-wrenching story with a smile on her face.
In the two-minute video, the woman introduces herself as Ayesha Arif Khan. With a big smile on her face, she shares her conflicts, turmoil, and feelings. In the video she mentions:
“”Whatever I am going to do is my decision and nobody has pressured me for this. I have nothing to say now. Understand that the almighty gave me a short life,”
She further adds:
“Dad, how long will you fight? Withdraw the case. Ayesha is not made for battles. I love Arif, so why will we bother him? If he wants freedom, then he should be free. Anyway, my life is ending here. I am happy that I will meet Allah. I will ask him where did I make a mistake? What is the fault with me?”
In her last words, Ayesha says,
“This lovely river…I pray that it takes me in it. I am like the winds, I want to flow…And just want to keep flowing.”
Police recovered her body from the Riverfront west side. A case has been registered and an investigation has been launched.
As per Ayesha’s father, Liaquat Ali said she got married to Arif Khan, a resident of Rajasthan’s Jalore, in July 2018. While sharing the pain of his dead daughter the father added:
“However, since marriage, her in-laws started demanding dowry from her. I gave them some money but their greed increased. A few months ago, Arif sent Ayesha back to my place after a fight. He also stopped talking to her over the phone. Unable to bear the pain, she decided to kill herself,”
This video left many heartbroken. Many netizens came forward to share how we are failing our daughters:
At IFORHER, we are heartbroken about how Ayesha felt helpless that she couldn’t find hope to live anymore. While we wish for strength for her family to bear this loss, we hope authorities would soon get her justice.