Arvind Chauhan (24), an Army jawan stationed for duty in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was found dead ‘under mysterious circumstances’ a few days ago. On Thursday, his wife Aarti Chauhan (22) was found hanging at her parents’ home in Etah, Uttar Pradesh.
Aarti allegedly hung herself due to her in-laws stopping her from attending her husband’s cremation, as claimed by her family. In 2017, Arvind joined the Indian army and on August 8, 2021, he was found dead in Rajouri Garrison. A ‘court of inquiry’ has been ordered to investigate the circumstances leading to his death by the defense ministry. The Jammu and Kashmir police are also investigating the matter.
Arvind and Aarti got married in 2019 and the latter killed herself when her in-laws did not allow her to attend her husband’s last rites in the village of Bijori on Tuesday, as per her family in the Dadera village.
Jagdish Chandra, the house officer of the Kotwali Dehat police station, said, “The woman was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her room. No suicide note was recovered. No complaint has been received from the family of the Army jawan or his wife,”
Details surrounding Arvind’s death had still not been received, claimed an uncle of the jawan, Satish Chauhan. His last interaction with family was in the afternoon, hours before his death, when he spoke to his elder brother over WhatsApp video call.
“Arvind had allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his duty station. He took this extreme step following domestic strife. His wife wanted to attend the funeral but she was stopped by her in-laws. The couple had a troubled relationship. They had no kids,” said a senior police official who chose to be anonymous.