UP: Man films wife suicide attempt, held for dowry harassment
The police arrested a man (37) for allegedly abetting his wife's suicide by harassing her for dowry in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. A video recorded by him while she tried to hang herself went viral on social media. She was later found dead at their residence. He is seen not making any effort to stop her from committing the act in the video.
Couple has a three-year-old daughter
The police said the accused, Sanjeev Gupta, works at a private company and had married the deceased, Shobhita, five years ago. The couple has a three-year-old daughter and they reportedly used to fight frequently. Gupta shot the video of his wife trying to hang herself from the ceiling fan two hours before her death on Tuesday. Their other family members had gone to Fatehpur.
Social media users condemned the man for not stopping her
कानपुर की महिला ने खुद को फांसी लगाई पति वीडियो बना रहा है।— Ashish Urmaliya (@TheJournalistIN) October 26, 2022
दामाद ने लड़की के मां बाप को वीडियो भेजा। जब वो घर पहुंचे तो बेड पर उसकी लाश मिली। pic.twitter.com/XZbTk1ATFH
Had lunch together after argument: Accused
The couple had an argument, following which she went to her room and began trying to hang herself. Gupta said that he was recording the act to send to his in-laws as proof of her nuisance. He claimed that later, the argument was settled and they had lunch together. They had another argument soon after while they were on the terrace with their daughter.
Woman's father alleges dowry harassment
Gupta claimed that he remained on the terrace with his daughter while Shobhita stormed downstairs. When he came downstairs later, he found her hanging. He called his neighbor and rushed her to the hospital, only for the doctors to declare her dead on arrival. After learning about the incident, Shobhita's father filed a case accusing Gupta and his family of harassing her for dowry.