A 23-year-old woman from Ahmedabad committed suicide by jumping into the Sabarmati river after she was allegedly harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry.

In a tragic incident, a 23-year-old woman killed herself by jumping into the Sabarmati River on Thursday morning from the Riverfront Walkway in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The now deceased woman, identified as Aisha Arif Khan, recorded a heart-pounding video clip on her mobile phone with a smile on her face, before taking this extreme step.

Aisha begins the video by introducing herself with a big smile on her face, but the pain of betrayal is clearly visible in her eyes.  She initially states that no one should be held responsible for her extreme step.  But as the video progresses, her voice becomes nervous and the reason for the emotional turmoil within her becomes clear.

‘Meri taqdeer me kami reh gayi’

“Hello Assalamo Alayekkum, my name is Aisha (a brief pause) Arif Khan. Whatever I am going to do is my decision and nobody has pressured me for this. I have nothing to say now. Understand that the almighty gave me a short life,”

she said in video.

She adds:

“Arif (her husband) wants independence.  I will give him freedom.  I am happy that I am going to meet Allah.  I would ask him what was my fault.”

Later, she said-

“Ek cheez jarur sikh gayi hoon; mohabbat karni hai to do tarfa karo, ek tarfe se kuch haasil nahi hota”

(I have learnt one thing; if you want to love, let it be two-sided. Nothing can be gained from one-sided love).

“Main hawaaon ki tarah hoon; main behna chaahti hoon… Main khush hoon aaj… Mujhe duaon me yaad karna, kya pata jannat mile na mile (I am like the winds; I want to flow… I am happy today… Remember me in your prayers. Don’t know if I will go to heaven or not)”

: these were her last words.

Aisha was harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry.

According to an Ahmedabad Mirror report, Ayesha married Arif Khan in July 2018.  Shortly after the wedding, Arif and his family members allegedly started harassing Aisha for dowry.  She visited her parents’ who lived in Vatwa area in Ahmedabad in December 2018.  Later, members of her community intervene, after which she returns to her matrimonial home.  Her father gave her husband about 1.5 lakh rupees, but nothing changed.  Therefore, she returns to her parents’ home again.

Unable to bear the separation from her husband, she decides to kill herself.  However, while quitting her life, she recorded a video, where she was expressing her feelings. Later she sent that video to her husband. Instead of trying to calm her down, he told her to do whatever she wanted.  Subsequently, she jumped into the Sabarmati River.

Firefighters from the fire department made efforts to save her.  They took her to a nearby hospital and she was declared dead there. Police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against husband Arif.