Pressurised and humiliated by her family to fulfill a marriage promised by her parents when she was just three, a 22-year-old Chartered Accountant (CA) in Rajasthan's Jodhpur attempted suicide inside a police station by consuming poison.
Divya Choudhary was just three when she was engaged to Jeevraj despite child marriage being a punishable offence in India. As per the police complaint, for the past few years, Jeevraj's family had been pressuring Divya to honour the promise made by her parents' years ago. Divya stalled the matter for some time and then refused to marry Jeevraj. But this did not go down well with the local panchayat which slapped a cash penalty of Rs 16 lakh on Divya's family.
Her family paid the amount to the panchayat but Jeevraj's family continued to mount pressure on Divya. On Thursday (October 25), Divya registered a complaint against Jeevraj's family and the panchayat. The panchayat made a fresh demand of Rs 20 lakh as they were irked by Divya's police complaint. They even demanded a public apology and withdrawal of the complaint from her to avoid a social boycott of her family. ....
Before the panchayat meeting on Sunday (October 28), Divya reached the police station and consumed poison in front of the police and her family.