Woman Commits Suicide Over 'Dark Complexion' Taunts By Husband

Woman Commits Suicide Over 'Dark Complexion' Taunts By Husband

The police in Rajasthan state says an Indian woman has allegedly killed herself over constant harassment by her husband for being dark-skinned.

According to the police, the woman's father launched a complaint accusing the husband of his wife's death.

The woman's father told police that her husband used to "repeatedly humiliate her over her dark complexion", which led her to kill herself.

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Mangibai, 21, who was married just six months ago, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well outside her house in Banskhoyara village on Monday, October 28, Station House Officer (SHO) Balveer Singh from the Bakani police station was quoted as saying.

She was pulled out of the well and rushed to a hospital where doctors declared her brought dead, he added.

The deceased’s husband, identified as Dinesh Lodha, has been arrested under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

Many Indians regard fair skin as being superior to darker tones.

This is not the first time that taunts over "dark complexion" have allegedly caused Indian women to take their lives.

A 29-year-old woman killed herself in 2014 after her husband taunted her over her skin colour, police said.

And in 2018, a 14-year-old girl took her own life, reportedly after her classmates bullied her and called her "ugly" because she was "dark".

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