A housewife committed suicide in Cheranaloor on Sunday night, as she was distressed after one of her relatives allegedly posted some obscene messages about her on Facebook.
The deceased was identified as Vijitha, 27, wife of Aneesh, Purakkad, Thottapally, Alappuzha. They were residing at F-28, Metro Apartments, South Cheranaloor.
According to Kannan, a friend and neighbour of Vijitha, the deceased had filed complaints at Cheranaloor police station that her relative Ratheesh, residing at Purakkad, had posted some obscene messages about her on Facebook two-and-a-half months ago. A petition was also filed at the court in this regard. Vijitha, Aneesh and their two-and-half-year-old son had returned home on Sunday after visiting some temples.
When Vijitha, who had went to a room to change her dress, did not come out even after 30 minutes, Aneesh opened the locked door forcibly. He found her hanging from the ceiling fan. Police officials said the body was handed over to relatives after conducting postmortem at Ernakulam General Hospital.
The body was taken to Vijitha’s house in Purakkad by evening. The police registered a case for unnatural death. A police official in Cheranaloor said the deceased had approached them two-and-a-half months ago and the issue was settled among both the parties.
“We got an oral complaint, following which we called Ratheesh and Vijitha to the police station. Following which Ratheesh had deleted obscene posts about her from Facebook. It is not correct to say that the police had not taken any action. The case was not registered because the incident occurred at Purakkad and we have no jurisdiction in the case,” G Vidhyadhara Kumar, Sub Inspector, Cheranaloor police station, said.
However Vijitha’s relative, on conditions of anonymity, told ‘Express’ that the police had removed the documents, including the complaint given to police, while conducting an examination at the suicide spot.
“The police cannot clear their hands from the incident. Had they taken proper action, Vijitha would not have committed suicide, “ the relative alleged.
According to the relative, Ratheesh was a close relative of Vijitha and there were some land dispute, which led Ratheesh to post obscene material against Vijitha on Facebook.
Vijitha and Aneesh had been living in Kochi for the last two years and after the Facebook row, it became difficult for her to visit Purakkad.