Delhi air hostess, suspected to have committed suicide, learnt about husband's first marriage a month before death

New Delhi: Police suspect that a female flight attendant Anissia Batra (39), who allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi's Panchsheel Park, was upset with her husband as she had recently discovered that he was a divorcee, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

The senior officer, who was privy to the probe, said Batra, who worked with a German airline, came to know a month ago that Mayank Singhvi was a divorcee. They had got married on 23 February and it was a love marriage. "He had not told her 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," said the officer.

Anissia Batra and Mayank Singhvi. Image courtesy: Facebook

Anissia Batra and Mayank Singhvi. Image courtesy: Facebook

Batra had allegedly jumped from the terrace of her house on Friday. Her family alleged that Singhvi used to physically abuse her and they also accused his parents of harassing her for dowry. Singhvi was arrested on Tuesday and was today produced in a city court that sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. "We will apply for his custody after recording the statements of witnesses," the official added.

A family friend of the victim said the police informed them about Singhvi's court hearing half an hour before her cremation. "The cremation was planned for 12 pm on Wednesday. The police were aware about it. We were told that the hearing would take place at 2 pm but at 11.30 am we were informed that the hearing was re-scheduled for 12 pm. This is unacceptable and inhuman on the part of police," said the friend who did not wish to be named. She claimed that Batra's brother did not even get a chance to say goodbye to her.

The police said that it was the duty of the investigating officer to inform the complainant's family about the hearing. Her family also accused the police of not arresting Singhvi's parents, despite them also being "responsible" for her death. "Singhvi's family have used influence. We need media support. His parents should also be arrested because they have constantly instigated fights between them," she alleged.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Romil Baaniya said Singhvi's parents had been granted exemption from joining the probe by the court till 20 July on personal grounds. They would be questioned after that, he said. The officer said the victim's parents told the magistrate that Batra was harassed for dowry and they would be speaking to her parents.

Baaniya also said they would try to ascertain the reason for the argument between the couple, following which Batra had allegedly jumped from the terrace.
The victim had sent a message to her husband that "he would see her dead face" before taking the extreme step, police said. Batra's family alleged that her husband used to "physically assault" her and also ask for money. Another issue the couple had a fight about was Batra selling off her flat in Vasant Vihar, he said.

The officer said Singhvi, a software engineer in Gurgaon, used to earn Rs four crore per year and gifted luxurious items to Batra. He had even gifted her a BWW on her birthday. The BMW was seized by the police.
Batra's family claimed that Singhvi had started "physically abusing" her right from their honeymoon and in June this year, he had even assaulted her mother.


Updated Date: Jul 18, 2018 12:09 PM

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