Delhi air hostess discovered husband's 1st marriage month before suicide

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Delhi air hostess discovered husband's 1st marriage month before suicide

Mayank had not told Anissia about his first marriage and after she found out about his earlier relationship, she was quite hurt, a police officer said

Anissia Batra, the 39-year-old air hostess who committed suicide on July 13, found out just last month that her husband Mayank Singhvi was a divorcee. She was hurt over the discovery and police suspect that the couple, married for a little over two years, had had arguments over it.

"He [Mayank] had not told her [Anissia] about his first marriage. After she found out about his earlier relationship, she was quite hurt. It is suspected that they must have had arguments over it," news agency PTI quoted an unnamed Delhi Police officer as saying.

Anissia Batra was an air hostess with a German airliner and was the daughter of a retired major general. She jumped to her death from the terrace of her Panchsheel Park residence in New Delhi on July 13. Minutes before committing suicide, Anissia texted Mayank, a software engineer in Gurgaon, that she was about to end her life, police previously said.

Anissia's family has accused Mayank of repeatedly assaulting his wife and of dowry harassment. The family is believed to have gifted the couple a BMW car and a diamond ring, both of which have been seized by the police.

The Delhi Police has arrested Mayank, who is currently in judicial custody.

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According to a statement Anissia's mother previously gave to the police, Mayank beat up his wife on the second day of the couple's honeymoon after they got married in February 2016. Well-wishers had reportedly intervened then.

However, in June this year, Anissia's retired army officer father wrote to the police accusing Mayank of domestic violence and saying that if anything were to happen to his daughter, Mayank and his family would be responsible.

Anissia's family has demanded that her in-laws be arrested as well. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Romil Baaniya, rejecting the Batras' claim that the investigation into Anissia's death could be under pressure, has said that the in-laws will be questioned in due course.

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