BENGALURU: “Renuka would call me every Thursday as it was her weekly off. When she called me this week, she did not talk in her usual manner. She said she was not able to tolerate the harassment by her in-laws and sister-in law Anitha,” Seema, younger sister of Renuka, told Express on Friday.
Renuka, a native of Chitradurga had come to the city after marriage and later joined for work.
“The family lives in a two-storey building. While Anitha was staying on the ground floor, Renuka along with her husband and in-laws stayed on the first floor. Her in-laws Harikrishna and Padma were not happy over Renuka giving birth to two girls. They wanted a boy. Anitha, who works in a private firm, was forcing Renuka to take care of her two children also as her husband lives in Dubai,” Seema added.
Renuka had visited Chitradurga five months ago for three days. She was not happy with her married life since she was being harassed for the last six years. She was also depressed for sometime now and used to say that she did not want to live anymore, Seema said.
“She was forced to work and her in-laws were taking Rs 5,000 from her salary. She was not allowed to talk with her family members over phone. When she was deployed for night shift, the family even suspected her fidelity,” Seema said.
Based on the wish of family members, eyes of Renuka and her elder daughter Nishitha were donated. Pavani’s eyes could not be donated due to medical reasons.
Couple did not mingle much with neighbours
While relatives and colleagues of Renuka’s husband Hemanth and his sister Anitha visited the house in Murphy Town after the incident, other tenants of the building chose to stay indoors.
Anuradha, a neighbour said Renuka would not speak much. “I used to see her only when she went to work. Hemanth also did not mingle much with the residents. I really wonder why she killed her kids, when she could have discussed the debt issue with her husband,” she added.
Renuka’s parents and relatives came to Bowring Hospital, shouted slogans and complained about her in-laws misleading the media about the debt. After a while, police reached the hospital and recorded the statements of her mother Susheelamma.