Atish allegedly made false promises
A 28-year-old woman committed suicide on the day her boyfriend married another woman.
It is reported that the man is the son of a retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). He has since been arrested by Sakinaka police in Mumbai.
The woman was identified as Sonali Sadafule, a human resources worker at a multinational company.
Sonali’s family alleged that Atish Katakdhond beat her for dowry and tried to rape her under the pretext of marriage.
In her suicide note, Sonali blamed retired DCP Bapu Katakdhond and Atish for her death. Efforts are underway to trace the accused’s family members, who have gone on the run.
Sonali and Atish met in 2012 and began dating each other.
In her police complaint, the victim’s mother said both families knew about the relationship but Atish’s family frequently demanded Rs. 25 Lakh (£24,000) in dowry despite never getting married.
Atish allegedly made false promises to marry Sonali and manipulated her, leaving the woman traumatised.
Sonali’s mother also claimed that Atish forced his girlfriend to establish a physical relationship with him in 2021. It was reported that Sonali tried to take her own life at the time.
This led to a case being lodged against him, however, no action was taken.
Atish was struggling to get a job so he contacted Sonali, promising to marry her.
The couple bought a house on the outskirts of Mumbai, for which Sonali paid Rs. 5 Lakh (£4,900).
But when Atish’s family found out, they told Sonali to get out of Atish’s life.
Atish convinced his girlfriend not to cut ties with him.
But on December 10, 2022, Sonali’s family attended a relative’s wedding and three days later, her sister Rupali revealed that Atish was arranged to marry another woman.
Sonali was distraught and she turned up to her boyfriend’s wedding with her friend in an attempt to confront him.
But she was stopped at the gate.
Unable to bear her boyfriend’s marriage to someone else after constantly making false promises to marry her, Sonali tragically took her own life.
Police have now arrested Atish and registered a case under sections 306, 384, 120B, 323, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.
Atish’s father, retired DCP Bapu Katkadhond, mother Smita Katkadhond, sister Shruti Katkadhond and other family members were also named in the FIR.
Efforts are currently underway to arrest them.