A father-in-law was threatened and scared so much by the daughter-in-law and her family, that he chose to end his life in Nabha district of Patiala, Punjab. On August 6, he hanged himself leaving behind a six-page suicide note.
Bringing new bride home is considered extremely auspicious, however, if the woman wants to bring negativity and hate, the reverse consequences can be worse. Such is the case of Janak Raj Dhal, now deceased, who had to allegedly face severe torture and constant threats of false cases from his new married daughter-in-law. When the man could not take any more pressure, he decided to take the extreme step last week.
According to the investigation, Vishal Dhal, a resident of Vikas colony, married to Vishali five months ago. However, soon after the couple got married, the wife started complaining about petty issues to her parents and uncle against her in-laws. She also started falsely alleging that the in-laws were abusing her for not bringing dowry.
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The woman’s parents joined Vishali in threatening Vishal and his family, telling them that they knew the laws very well and could anytime file charges under Section 498A on the family. Due to this very blackmailing of filing false cases numerous times, Janak Raj, father of Vishal, hanged himself at his Nabha residence. His six-page suicide note described the humiliation and hurt the family faced.
He had written in the note that the woman used to give threats to them and also call her parents to their home frequently. The deceased man also wrote that his daughter-in-law’s parents would come to his house, abuse them and threaten them to file a false case. The gentleman also wrote that they are simple people who have never indulged in such activities. He also revealed that the whole family used to stand in front of the woman and her family with folded hands begging them not to file false police case and tarnish their reputation in society.
Dhal continued in his letter that the daughter-in-law would often run away from their house from time to time and husband and his family had to visit her home each time to plead and bring her back. The man had also approached DSP of their local police station informing them how they were being tortured. Soon after Dhal’s complaint, the woman’s family was summoned to the police station on August 6.
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As a counter, the woman and her family complained to the Women’s cell in Ambala against the Dhals. Thereafter husband’s family was asked to be present in Ambala. The father-in-law was horrified with the entire situation, as he knew they were being trapped in a false police case.
The girl’s uncle too gave them threats that they could do anything to Vishal and his family, as they were well connected with people in power. Mr Dhal clearly stated in his suicide note that he is dying of suicide because of his daughter-in-law, her parents, and uncle.
Vishal’s father concluded his note by questioning the Indian legal system where women had all the rights to file false cases against her in-laws, while there was no law available for the husband’s family (victims) to save themselves.
Police have arrested four people from Vishali’s family including her, under Section 306 on charges of abetment to suicide, based on Vishal’s statement. Further investigation has begun.
The story was first published by Punjab Kesari dated August 6, 2020.
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Suicide Prevention Contact Details:
Men in distress due to family problems and threats of false cases can contact either of the NGOs listed here: Men Welfare Trust, MyNation Hope Foundation, Save Indian Family Foundation, Vaastav Foundation