Delhi air hostess 'commits suicide', family claims murder
An air hostess associated with Lufthansa Airlines allegedly jumped to her death Friday in Delhi's posh Panchsheel Park locality. However, her family claims that she was pushed from the terrace of her house by her abusive husband. They alleged she was a victim of domestic violence and was cheated. Her husband was married earlier, and this crucial fact was hidden from them, they said.
39-year-old Anissia Batra, daughter of Ropinder Singh Batra, a retired Major General, married Mayank Singhvi in February 2016. Two days into their honeymoon in Dubai, the torture started. "He thrashed her black and blue. I asked her to move into another room in order to save herself," said 67-year-old Nillum Batra, Anissia's mother. They have also mentioned this in their FIR, she added.
Anissia's ordeal continued and aggravated so much that her mother had to visit her from Chandigarh in April this year and broker peace. Mayank, an investment banker, thrashed Anissia's mother too when she tried to talk to him, claimed Karan, Anissia's brother. In June, Mayank's parents returned and asked both mother and daughter to leave their home. Finally, Anissia's father intervened and they reconciled.
The peace didn't last long. This time, Mayank was joined by his parents, who accused Anissia of instigating their son and driving him towards violence. On the fateful day, after another fierce fight, Anissia couldn't take it anymore and decided to put an end to it. She texted her family around 3PM about her decision to commit suicide, said DCP (South) Romil Baaniya.
One such text reached Mayank too. He immediately ran to the terrace but found the door locked. He somehow managed to reach the roof, but couldn't find her, Baaniya added. He went downstairs, where a laborer informed him he saw a woman jumping off from the roof. Upon finding her, Singhvi rushed her to Max Hospital, where she was declared "brought dead."
Next day, Anissia's family reached Hauz Khas police station and lodged an FIR under Section 304B (dowry death). As per rule, an SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) inquiry has started, since the marriage lasted less than seven years. Baaniya informed that no one has been arrested yet but investigation is going on. Notably, this isn't the first FIR lodged by Anissia's family against the Singhvis.
On June 27, Anissia's father had filed a complaint against Mayank, mentioning if anything happens to her, he and his parents are to be blamed. While none of the Singhvis commented, the Batras said police are being influenced by them. That's why Anissia's autopsy wasn't "videographed as ordered by SDM." Baaniya rubbished the claims, saying if they want, a second autopsy can be done.