Medical PG student dies by suicide after not being able to meet dowry demand

ERNAKULAM | Updated: 07 December, 2023 9:11 pm IST

ERNAKULAM: On Tuesday morning, the dead body of a young doctor who had died by suicide was recovered from her apartment at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala when another doctor stopped their marriage at the nth moment because their family was not able to match their exorbitant dowry demands.

Dr Shahana, 26, was found dead when her colleagues were alerted about her prolonged absence. They found the medical post graduate student at the hostel.

A case was registered against EA Ruwaise, who is also the state president of the Kerala Medical Post Graduate Association, on Wednesday. Initially, a case had been registered for unnatural death.


The police had recovered a suicide note from her residence which indicated that Ruwaise had demanded “exorbitant dowry” and assets from her family. According to the note, the family of the state’s MPGA chief had reportedly demanded a 15-acre plot of land, 150 sovereigns of gold and a BMW car. Shahana’s family’s neighbour and panchayat member, advocate S Sudheer, had illustrated that Ruwaise had visited their residence with a proposal for marriage, however, it was when the family visited the groom’s residence in Kollam that the marriage was annulled.


“The marriage was fixed and she was very happy. Her family was willing to give Rs 50 lakh, 50 sovereigns of gold and a car. But Ruwise reportedly demanded 150 sovereigns of gold, 15 acres of land and a BMW car. Shahna’s family could not meet such a demand as they did not have any income other than a house situated on 15 cents of land, which her mother might have planned to sell off for the daughter’s marriage,” Sudheer said.

Veena George, the state’s health minister, had sought a report from the director of the women and children development department.

On the other hand, Kerala Women’s Commission Chairperson, P Sathidevi, following the medical student’s death, stated that young women should show the courage to abandon a relationship or marriage proposal which demands dowry.

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