Family gave BMW, diamond ring to husband of Delhi air hostess who killed self

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Family gave BMW, diamond ring to husband of Delhi air hostess who killed self

The Delhi Police have seized a BMW and a diamond ring today (July 16) from the house of the air hostess Anissia Batra, who allegedly committed suicide on July 13.  Both the car and the ring were given by Anissia's family to her husband. The police have also confiscated mobile phones of the couple amid the family's allegation that she was a victim of domestic violence.

The Delhi Police have seized a BMW and a diamond ring today (July 16) from the house of air hostess Anissia Batra, who allegedly committed suicide on July 13. Both the car and the ring were given by Anissia's family to her husband. The police have also confiscated mobile phones of the couple amid the family's allegation that she was a victim of domestic violence.

39-year-old Anissia killed herself by jumping off the terrace of her residence in south Delhi's Panchsheel Park on July 13. Her husband rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was declared brought dead. Anissia was employed as a flight attendant with a German airline.

A case of unnatural death has been registered at New Delhi's Hauz Khas police station and cops have invoked sections related to dowry harassment.

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The police have said that her body will be sent for a second post-mortem which would also be videographed.

According to the flight attendant's family and friends, she was a victim of domestic violence and was also being harassed for dowry. That may have pushed her to kill herself, the family has said.

A case of unnatural death has been registered at New Delhi's Hauz Khas police station and cops have invoked sections related to dowry harassment.

The police is also likely to question Anissia's husband Mayank Singhv today. Anissia's family, however, has expressed fears that her husband, a software engineer in Gurgaon, may try to interfere with the police investigation. "We fear that Mayank through his political connections is trying to hamper the investigation. We also fear that it wasn't just [a simple case of] suicide," Anissia's brother Karan Batra said.


Anissia's mother, in her statement to the police, has alleged that Mayank used regularly to assault her. "Anissia had called me on the third day of her marriage, claiming that she had been assaulted by Mayank during their honeymoon. We then tried counselling and things went to back to normal for a few days, however, almost after a week he again began assaulting her," Anissia's mother told the police.

WHAT HAPPENED ON JULY 13

According to Anissia and Mayank's neighbours, the couple had a "heated argument" on July 13. A neighbour who heard the argument wasn't able to give more details saying that he soon left home for some work.

"[However], when I came back the security guards narrated the news [of Anissia's suicide]," Amarpal Singh Kohli, the neighbour, said. Kohli also said that Anissia's family had previously sought his help in mediating the problems between Anissia and Mayank.

"Anissia's parents had once approached me asking me to mediate [between the couple] and they had also narrated how Anissia was assaulted [by Mayank]," Kohli said.

Meanwhile, Anissia's friends came to have received texts from her on July 13 in which she alleged that her husband had locked her inside a room at the couple's Panchsheel Park home. "Soon after, her last message followed in which she said that she is taking the extreme step," a friend, on the condition of anonymity, said.

Cops investigating the suicide are probing all possible angles behind Anissia's suicide and an enquiry headed by a sub-divisional magistrate has also been initiated to look into the allegations of dowry harassment.

Mayank or his family could not be reached to comment on the allegations levelled by Anissia's family.

(With inputs from Arvind Ojha and agencies)

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