A traumatised bride-to-be, Nisha Devidas filmed herself committing suicide by drinking poison and sent the clip to an ex-boyfriend allegedly blackmailing her. This was just some few days to her wedding
Nisha Devidas took her own life by drinking pesticide just 10 days before her wedding in the village of Rohini in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on January 25.
Her brother Ravi Kavle disclosed to reporters that his sister was being blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend, Nikhil Borkar, whom they felt had probably threatened her for leaving him and possibly had an implicating item to dissuade her husband from marrying her.
A tragic clip shows Nisha Devidas drinking a thick black liquid. Nisha was found unresponsive and rushed to the District General Hospital in Bhandara but was declared dead on arrival.
Ravi told local media:
“My sister’s wedding was due on 4th February but she embraced death just 10 days before her marriage. A youth named Nikhil Borkar is responsible for my sister’s death. He lured my sister on the pretext of marriage, then used her and started blackmailing her. Fed up and defeated, my sister consumed pesticide. I want Nikhil to be immediately arrested.”
Police say they are investigating. It was not clear whether they had interviewed Mr Borkar.
The nature of the blackmail was not stated but may have related to a sexual relationship between Mr Borkar and Miss Nisha Devidas.
Blackmail is a serious offense in India and Borkar is likely to face sentencing if he is convicted after investigation has been thoroughly carried out.
According to Vishal Kumar Thakur, who is an advocate in New Delhi, blackmail is a criminal intimidation:
“Blackmailing amounts to Criminal intimidation, which is well defined in the Indian Penal Code section 503 as :- Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.
The offence of Criminal intimidation can be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.”