Fed up with ‘modernity’ banker’s wife kills self

Manisha Pancharia

AHMEDABAD: A woman from the Vastrapur area of city hanged herself with her dupatta from the ceiling fan in the pooja room of her house on the ninth floor of Casa Vyoma Apartments on Tuesday afternoon, police officials said on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Manisha Pancharia, 47, whose husband Rakesh Pancharia is senior manager with the service branch of Bank of India in the Ellisbridge area.
The family moved to the city 10 months ago as Rakesh was transferred here. They come from Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh.
Police officers said that she had gone to the pooja room in the house and told her daughter, Shreya, 19, not to disturb her. At around 1.45pm, Shreya opened the room with a second key and found her mother hanging from the ceiling fan.
She called her father who rushed to the house. He called the police control room at 2.39pm.
On reasons for her suicide, a city police officer said, “Manisha was very religious and could not adapt to modern life. She had written 22 pages in her diary on her difficulty in adapting to a modern life style.”
The officer further said she also wrote in the diary that her husband and daughter should not be held responsible as they will be saddest at her death.
“She had also written that in modern times vulgar songs, videos and films are released which makes her and other religious person feel harassed. She also said she was fed up with life and no one should be held responsible,” said an officer.
Vastrapur police registered a case of accidental death and began an investigation.

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