PUNE: A 36-year-old senior official of a housing finance company branch has been sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment for abetting the suicide a 32-year-old woman who worked under him as a credit manager. She was fed up with the harassment and hanged herself at her house in Warje on September 8, 2016.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjshree Gharat also imposed a penalty of Rs 14,000 on the convict Suraj Bundele of Guruwar Peth. He used to send her obscene messages.
The deceased, Ashwini Mahendra Patil worked with the DHFL company’s branch on Senapati Bapat Road, where Bundele was her reporting boss.
Based on a complaint from the deceased woman’s husband, Warje police registered an FIR against Bundele for offences under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 504 (intentional insult), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The police said the incident came to light on the night of September 8, 2016. Ashwini’s husband, who works as an assistant sales manager with a private firm, left home for office as usual at 9.30 am. When he returned at 8.30 pm, he found the door of his flat locked from inside. Even after repeatedly calling his wife and ringing the doorbell, she did not respond.
He finally broke the door open with neighbours’ help only to find her hanging from the bedroom’s ceiling fan. Some people informed the Warje Malwadi police station.
The FIR lodged by her husband states, “Her phone was lying on the bed and Bundele was repeatedly calling her. I received the call, informed him of the incident and disconnected the call. When I thoroughly checked her phone, I found that Bundele had sent several abusive and obscene messages to my wife. This prompted me to check her other phone and here, too, I found that this man had sent her several messages. One of them even said he was in the parking area. A day before this incident, my wife had informed me of her decision to leave the job due to mental torture.”