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Flight attendant jumps off the terrace; family alleges foul play


A flight attendant, Anissia Batra, allegedly committed suicide after jumping off the terrace of their home in South Delhi’s Panchsheel Park on Friday, her husband told the police. The girl was working with Lufthansa airlines and her family allege some foul play and allege that her husband and in-laws were harassing her for dowry.

Days before her death, her father, a retired Major General, filed a complaint, alleging torture by her husband and in-laws. If she is physically harmed, her husband and his parents should be held responsible, Major Gen (Retd) RS Batra had written in his complaint. A case has been registered and her family members are being questioned.

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Romil Baaniya, the deputy commissioner of police (south), said a case under Indian Penal Code section 304B (dowry death) has been registered at Hauz Khas police station, but the accused were yet to be arrested.

The girl was married to software engineer, Mayank Singhvi for the last two-and-a-half years, said the DCP.

Anissia Batra’s brother Karan Batra said she contacted them just before she died. “My sister messaged us to call the police. She said Mayank had locked her in a room. ‘Because of him my life is going to go, please don’t leave him,’ she wrote. We don’t know if he pushed her or she jumped, but we have been trying to get them arrested and police aren’t helping,” he said, according to the reports.

The family also alleged that the man, Anissia’s husband, was an alcoholic who often beat her up and demanded money.

“Last month, my parents had to come from Chandigarh. Mayank even hit my mother. My father, who served in the Army for over four decades, filed a complaint on June 27. They had to go back because of my mother’s medical condition,” Karan Batra told reporters.

The police say they have sealed the area and locked their room, but “Mayank went there last night, he has a spare key… they have removed all the evidence,” Karan Batra alleged.

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“Nobody from his family called us. Her post-mortem on Sunday was to be video graphed. When we went to AIIMS, the police in charge assured us it was being done, but the doctors told us otherwise. The cops aren’t doing anything. The station house officer (SHO) isn’t listening to us,” Karan Batra said.



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