India: Man consumes poison fearing arrest in dowry harassment case, dies

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'A 32-year old man committed suicide by consuming poison fearing arrest in a dowry harassment case. He died while recuperating at a hospital in Panvel on Wednesday afternoon.

Sachin Ashok Chetre, a resident of Karanjade in Panvel, died in Paramount Hospital at around 2.30pm on February 8. Police have sent the body to JJ Hospital in Mumbai for the postmortem.

Pretisha Chetre, 26, had lodged a complaint against her husband on February 4 for allegedly being harassed for dowry. Sachin then reportedly assaulted his wife and threatened that he would commit suicide if she did not take back her complaint.

After the assault, Pretisha’s family again approached the police and demanded immediate action. Police then arrested Sachin from his home and when he was taken for a medical test, he told police that he had consumed poison at 11 pm on February 5, fearing arrest. “We took them to the government hospital but he insisted to go to a private hospital. He was then admitted at Paramount Hospital in Panvel where doctors started his treatment,” said an official from Panvel City police station. However, he died at around 2.30pm on February 8.'

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