THANE: Mystery surrounds the alleged suicide of a 32-year-old married woman from the Rabodi areaon Saturday. Amina Shaikh's three-and-a-half-year-old son Rehan has told the police that his father had hanged her. Amina was found hanging from a ceiling fan inside her home around 7:30 am. Police said the victim used a duppatta to 'hang' herself.
Preliminary probe by the police has aroused suspicion that the victim could have been subject to domestic violence. It was a statement by her son Rehan that cast doubts about claims that Shaikh had committed suicide. The child is believed to have told the police and also mediapersons that his father had physically attacked his mother before the incident.
Amina's husband, Rafiq, allegedly hit her with a rolling pin and then hanged her to make it look like suidide. Based on the boy's statement, the police have detained Rafiq. but were awaiting postmortem report.
Meanwhile, the victim's father, Nazir Ahmed, has lodged a complaint against Rafiq for harassing Amina for money.
He informed the police that since their marriage in 2006 his daughter has been harassed for dowry. He said cash of Rs 2 lakh was given to Rafiq which he used to open a barber shop.