A Hindu woman from Chhattisgarh, who met a Muslim man on Facebook, converted to Islam and married him, died by suicide after allegedly being tortured by her in-laws in Purnia, Bihar.
The woman, identified as Aarti Naag, a resident of Jaspur in Chhattisgarh, was found hanging from the ceiling of her in-laws’ home in the Mahmoodpur area of the district on the morning of October 17. Her husband, Sonu Alam, works as a labourer out of Bihar.
Villagers alleged that she was tortured by her mother-in-law and husband. However, Sonu’s mother denied the charges.
“There was nothing like this. In fact, she loved Sonu so much. The only bone of contention was her wish to shift to a city outside Bihar with Sonu,” she said, adding that she was against Aarti’s stubbornness. She further said: “I asked both of them to live with us here in the village, but she would not listen and continued to force Sonu.”
The police sent her body for a post-mortem examination and registered an FIR. Relevant sections will be added to the case based on the findings of the autopsy report, as per a police official.
The love affair started around a year ago when Sonu was working in Bengaluru. They both met on the social networking site Facebook, and cupid’s arrow struck them.
“She came to the village and asked for Sonu’s home. Some villagers tried to persuade her to go back to her home. We told her that Sonu is a Muslim and it would be difficult for her to live with him,” said Neeraj Kumar, head of Gokulpur village. He said: “We gave her money and sent it to her home, but she came back again.”
As per her mother-in-law, she readily converted to Islam for her love. “We are very poor. When she came to her and expressed her wish to marry Sonu, I showed her my home, but she was ready to happily live with us. I raised an objection because we belong to different religions, but he had no problem converting to Islam.”