This #HusbandSuicide Case Pertains To Year 2015
30-year-old Rakesh Pilania from Gurugram died by suicide in 2015 alleging harassment by his wife and her relatives. However, this did not end the ordeal for his 54-year-old father, Anand Pilania.
Within two months of losing his young son, the father faced with dowry allegations – as his daughter-in-law registered a complaint with the police – that his (dead) son had subjected her to unnatural sex.
Rakesh Pilania, an IIT alumni who worked as a quant for Royal Bank of Scotland died by suicide on October 5 2015. He had jumped from his apartment’s balcony located in an upscale locality in Gurugram.
His family then alleged that their son ended life out of fear of being implicated under Section 498A of the IPC (cruelty against wife by husband or his relatives).
As reported by India Today, Anand Pilania claimed that his daughter in-law had been trying to entangle them in legal hurdles thereby, making a mockery of her husband’s death.
The wife, meanwhile, registered a dowry harassment case against her husband and his family a day after Rakesh died.
On November 26, 2015, Rakesh’s family was taken aback when they got to know of a fresh complaint that was later filed at Harpur police station claiming her husband had performed unnatural sex along with a court case claiming stree dhan worth Rs 50 lakh. Rakesh’s father then quoted,
They were married for ten months. Why is she speaking of her ordeal after his death? The kind of court cases and police complaints we are left to deal with are frivolous and just an attempt to trouble us further.
Rakesh’s parents, however, said that he was depressed due to the constant fear of being implicated in a fake dowry case. Anand Pilania also added,
This took his life. But even his death could not deter her from registering a case against us. This clearly shows the police did not carry out proper investigation before lodging an FIR.
Abetment to Suicide Case Against Wife
In May 2016, the wife’s lawyer said a closure report had been submitted before the court on the first FIR filed a day after her husband’s death and was pending before the trial court.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had refused bail to Rakesh’s wife, against whom a complaint of abetment to suicide was filed with the Gurugram police. Click her to read order – refusal of bail to wife.
A twitter handle named @iitrbangalore was active in demanding justice for Rakesh. The handle also shared the last whatsapp message that the victim husband had sent to them on the day of his suicide.
— IIT Roorkee (@iitrbangalore) December 22, 2016
Independent jounalist, Deepika Bhardwaj who had been in touch with the family earlier, on March 19, 2021 wrote,
Rakesh worked with a top bank & earned handsomely. His wife claimed he used to ask a dowry amount which was equivalent of his one months salary – a Joke! The family fought for many years but gave up finally because girls family got uncle arrested, tried getting him suspended.
Rakesh worked with a top bank & earned handsomely. His wife claimed he used to ask a dowry amount which was equivalent of his one months salary – a Joke!
The family fought for many years but gave up finally because girls family got uncle arrested, tried getting him suspended.
— Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj (@DeepikaBhardwaj) March 19, 2021
Since every story has two sides, below is the version from wife’s family as shared by them on Facebook:
FIRST TORTURED N THEN BLAMED…
The other side of the story unveiled in Rakesh Pilania’s story, a Gurgaon Based…
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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