India: Harassed over false rape charges, 61-year-old man ends life in Bundi

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'Bundi: Harassed over rape allegation by a neighbouring woman and afraid of social humiliation and disgrace, a 61-year-old man late on Friday night committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his home in Kunwarti village under Sadar police station of Bundi city.

The old man was found dead in his room on Saturday morning. Police have booked a couple under Sections of IPC for abetment of suicide and arrested the woman while her husband is absconding.

Ram Prasad Sharma, a resident of Kunwarti village, late last night committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his home, told SHO, Bundi Sadar police station Abhishek Pareek. The old man was upset after a woman of the village levelled charges of rape against him and through court's order lodged a case under Section 376 of IPC against him in Mahila Police station in Bundi five days ago, the SHO said.

On the report by the family members of the deceased old man, a case under Section 306 of IPC for abetment of suicide was lodged against the couple identified as Santosh Lal Sharma (40) and his wife Shakuntla (35), he said adding accused woman in the matter has been arrested while her husband is absconding.'

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