The 28-year-old wife of a Pro Kabaddi League star committed suicide by hanging herself at her parents' home in Nangloi. In her two page suicide note, the deceased cited harassment over dowry as the reason for taking the extreme step.
Lalita also left a mobile phone containing a lengthy audio recording, in which she blamed her husband Rohit Chillar and his parents for harassing her for dowry.
"A case of dowry death and cruelty has been registered against Lalita's husband, his father and mother at the Nangloi police station," Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Kumar told The Hindu. However, he added that the available evidence was not enough to file a case of abetment to suicide.
Chillar is currently serving as a commentator at the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup and had earlier represented Patna Pirates in the popular Pro Kabaddi League. Chillar and Lalita had a love marriage after a four-year-long courtship. The couple was married in March this year after they secured the approval of both their parents.
Though the deceased's family alleged that ever since the marriage Lalita was being harassed for a luxury car and other gifts, Chillar's father said that the problems arose because Lalita wanted her husband to abandon his parents so the two could live elsewhere in the city.
Chillar was in Mumbai on Monday when Lalita committed suicide. "She went inside on the pretext of cleaning the room. When her mother called out to her a few minutes later, there was no response. We finally had to break open the door. My daughter was found hanging from the ceiling fan inside," said Lalita's father, Karan Singh. The police were subsequently informed and the body has now been sent for post-mortem.
Lalita left her husband's home in Nizampur village on the Delhi-Haryana border last month and moved to her parents' home in Nangloi. She took her belongings and a Honda City car that her parents had gifted her.