In a heartbreaking incident, Sushmitha, a 26-year-old Kannada singer, committed suicide over alleged dowry harassment on Monday.
A heart-breaking case of suicide due to dowry has come to light.
“Don’t leave him (her husband) just like that. Forgive me. I have begged him not to torture me. How much ever I requested, he never cared. I am punished for my deeds.”
These were the last words of Sushmitha which she sent to her family before ending her life at her mother’s residence.
According to Bengaluru Police, the singer has accused her husband, his sister and his aunt of harassing her for dowry in the suicide note. Sushmitha got married to Sharath Kumar, a manager at a car showroom, about one-and-a-half years ago.
Sushmitha’s brother, Sachin, alerted the police when he found her dead body hanging from the ceiling on Monday morning.
Police informed that Sushmitha sent a WhatsApp message to her brother at around 1 am on Sunday. In the message, she explained that her husband Sharath and her relatives have been harassing her since the time she got married.
Around 5:30 am when Sachin read the message, he rushed to her room. It was then he found her hanging from the ceiling.
As per the sources, Sushmitha wrote in her text message that her husband, Sharath, his sister, Geetha, and his aunt, Vydehi, harassed her and they were the reason behind her decision to end life. She also stated that she did not want to end her life in their house and hence came to her parents’ house.
While expressing her agony that she went through her marriage, Sushmitha mentioned:
“I haven’t told anyone about it. My husband did not allow me to speak a word. Always he shouted at me and asked me to leave the house. I don’t want to die in his house, I want to end my life at our place,”
“Amma I miss you. I know my younger brother Sachin can take care of you. Take me to our native place and conduct my final rites. My brother Sachin should perform my final rites,”
Though the Annapoorneshwari Nagar police have registered a case of dowry death charging her husband and his sister and aunt, the three accused are on the run.
At IFORHER, we are heartbroken as even after being an educated and independent woman, Sushmitha took the extreme step of taking her life. It is heartbreaking to see how women, even in the 21st century, are being harassed for dowry but and our independent daughters are forced to choose death over life.
It is high time we let our daughters know that it is always better to end a relationship than to end life. While we are mourning the death of this talented young girl, we pray for her family to bear the loss of their daughter.