Hyderabad tragedy: Woman confesses to daughter’s murder after her son comes forward as witness

Although the incident was reported as a suicide on 18 March, initial suspicions surrounding the girl's death were confirmed by the police.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Mar 20, 2024 | 9:03 PMUpdatedMar 22, 2024 | 5:39 PM

Bhargavi. (Supplied)

In Hyderabad, a tragic tale unfolded when a woman, Jangamma, took the life of her 20-year-old daughter, M Bhargavi, within the walls of their Ibrahimpatnam residence on Monday, 18 March.

Two days later, on Wednesday, Jangamma admitted to the grievous act against her own flesh and blood, and the Ibrahimpatnam police took her into custody.

Although the incident was reported as a suicide on 18 March, initial suspicions surrounding the girl’s death were confirmed by the police, with support from her younger brother as a witness.

Inspector B Satyanarayana told South First, “The case of Bhargavi’s death is gaining attention. We initially arrived at the scene following a complaint of suicide. However, upon questioning the family, suspicious responses and circumstances emerged. There was no evidence suggesting death by hanging, as reported.”

Further investigation revealed that the woman had killed her daughter due to Bharghavi’s relationship with a man from the same caste who lived nearby. Jangamma pressured her daughter to marry a relative, forbade her from attending college, and confiscated her mobile phone for a month, the inspector added.

The Ibrahimpatnam police booked the mother under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code, and she has been remanded in police custody.

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Solved with the brother’s help

As per the FIR accessed by South First, the complaint was lodged by Mote Charan (17), son of Ailaiah and Jangamma, residing in Dandumailaram village, Ibrahimpatnam Mandal, Rangareddy District.

In the complaint, Charan mentioned that he has a brother named Mote Jashwanth and a sister named Mote Bhargavi (20), who was a first-year degree student at Annie Besant College in Dilsukhnagar.

The FIR stated, “My sister has been in a relationship with Birla Sashi, a resident of Dandumailaram village. Last month, my parents attempted to arrange Bhargavi’s marriage with a relative, but she informed them about Birla Sashi and her desire to marry him.”

Charan, in the FIR, revealed that since then, their mother had been pressuring Bhargavi to marry their relative, causing her to refrain from attending college for the past two weeks and confiscating her mobile.

On 18 March, Charan’s father, a labourer, went out for work to Karmanghat, while Charan and his mother went to do some work on the farm land that they own, leaving Bhargavi alone at home. They left for their farmland at 10:30 am, and Jangamma returned home around 12:30 pm, followed by Charan at 12:45 pm.

Charan recounted, in the FIR, “On my way home, I met (Birla) Sashi, who informed me that our mother had seen them together at the house, resulting in an argument between my sister and mother. I rushed home and found the door locked. Peering through a window, I saw Jangamma (my mother) hanging my sister with a saree.”

Following Charan’s continuous knocking, his mother opened the door, causing Bhargavi to fall with the saree still around her neck, bleeding from her nose. His mother subsequently lost consciousness, prompting Charan to seek help from his uncle, who advised him to take Bhargavi and Jangamma to a hospital. Tragically, Bhargavi was declared dead upon arrival.

On Wednesday, Charan urged legal action to be taken against those responsible for his sister’s death at the Ibrahipatnam Police Station.

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(Edited by Kamna Revanoor)