Stalking and the society: What drove two Rohtak girls to suicide

Stressed over repeated stalking by a group of youths, two teenaged girls committed suicide in Haryana's Rohtak district on Tuesday.

The main accused, who was named by one of the victims in her suicide note, was arrested, deputy superintendent of police, Rohtak, Karan Goel had said. Both the victims, students of Class XI and XII, fell unconscious in their coaching institute located on Rohtak-Jind bypass on Monday after which they were rushed to Rohtak's PGIMS hospital, where they died. The girls had consumed a poison-laced fruit juice at the institute.

 Stalking and the society: What drove two Rohtak girls to suicide

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The case of Nikita Duhan (17) and her friend Madhu (16) assumes significance because in their suicide notes they not only point fingers at their stalkers, but also at the society that often hold girls responsible for crimes against them.

A report by The Financial Express quotes Madhu's letter as saying, "Everyday a new man would come and chase us. They would pass lewd remarks and offer us phone numbers. The people around us would stare as if we had done something wrong. You know how bad our colony is... how people will say we encouraged these men to follow us... even though we are innocent."

Often, young girls, who are being harassed, are unable to confide even in their parents out of fear of being blamed.

The Financial Express report also quotes Nikita's suicide note as saying, "Maine kuchh galat nahin kiya hai jiski wajah se mere parivar ko sharminda hona pade. Mein mar rahi hoon kyunki mein yeh roz-roz ki tension nahin le sakti (I have not done anything wrong to bring shame to my family. I am ending my life because I cannot take this daily tension).”

Meanwhile Goel had said that the main accused used to allegedly harass the girls outside the coaching centre. He also said that neither the girls nor their parents had approached the police earlier with their complaint.

A case under various sections of the IPC including, abatement to suicide and stalking, in addition to provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, was registered against the stalker and another unidentified accused, the police said.

Updated Date: Aug 27, 2014 17:30:13 IST