17-year-old girl in Delhi commits suicide over sexual harassment, stalking

Parents said the girl might have felt responsible for all the trouble the family was going through.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: 17-year-old girl hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her house in outer Delhi’s Bakhtawarpur village on Friday after she was allegedly stalked and sexually harassed by a young man in her neighbourhood. She left behind a suicide note in which she hinted at harassment by some local men, but the police and her family identified a 21-year-old neighbour as a suspect.

Note also mentioned that her death would save her family from eviction from their rented home. Putting things in context, her parents alleged that when they raised the sexual harassment issue with the suspect’s parents, they retorted by compelling them to vacate their tiny two-room set. Rajneesh Gupta, deputy commissioner of police (Rohini), said a case of abetment to suicide and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered at the Alipur police station.

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