“I am happy that I will meet Allah”: Woman harassed by husband says before ending life

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A 23-year-old woman Muslim woman died by suicide after jumping into the Sabarmati river at the Riverfront side in Ahmedabad.

The woman identified as Ayesha recorded an emotional video message on her phone before taking the step.

In the video Ayesha, she says that she was ending her life out of her own will and nobody had forced her to do it.

However, according to a report by Indian Express Ayesha, took the extreme step allegedly due to facing harassment by her husband whom she had married in 2018. A case of abetment to suicide has been lodged against him.

Ayesha’s father Liaquat Ali was told a news channel that she got married to Arif Khan, a resident of Rajasthan’s Jalore, in July 2018. “However, since marriage, her in-laws started demanding dowry from her. I gave them some money but their greed increased. A few months ago, Arif sent Ayesha back to my place after a fight. He also stopped talking to her over the phone. Unable to bear the pain, she decided to kill herself,” Ali told India Today.

In the two-minute video, the woman introduces herself as Ayesha Arif Khan with a big smile on her face, betraying the conflict and turmoil inside her. “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 says.

“Dad, how long will you fight? Withdraw the case. Ayesha is not made for battles. I love Arif, so why will we bother him? If he wants freedom, then he should be free. Anyway, my life is ending here. I am happy that I will meet Allah. I will ask him where did I make a mistake? What is the fault with me?” she further says.

In her last words, Ayesha says, “This lovely river…I pray that it takes me in it. I am like the winds, I want to flow…And just want to keep flowing.”
Meanwhile, the husband has been arrested, Speaking to The Indian Express, VM Desai, police inspector at Sabarmati Riverfront West police station, said, “Arif Khan has been arrested from Pali in Rajasthan. Earlier, a police team had reached Jalore at his residence where he was not found. Later through technical analysis, we held the accused from Pali. He will be brought to Ahmedabad on Tuesday on transit remand.”

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