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BK in Suicide Threat Over Marriage

Post04 Jul 2011

High drama as Bikaner girl climbs cellphone tower in protest

The Times of India Apr 7, 2011

JAIPUR: In real life Veeru climbed a water tank to get married to Basanti, but in real life incident in Bikaner, a young girl climbed up a cellphone tower not to get married.

The girl, Usha Bala, 22, wanted to pursue higher studies and become a member of the Prajapita Brahma Kumari ashram at Mt Abu. Her parents wanted to get her married soon and got her engaged almost three months back. Bala, however, was not keen with the marriage and on Wednesday noon protested against the decision of her parents by climbing the tower from where she threatened to jump, if they do not revert their decision. Soon after, her family members and senior police officers, rushed to the spot and tried to convince her not to take the extreme step.

Bala told a crowd of over 500 people that she will come down only if her parents cancel her marriage, a senior police officer in Bikaner said.

"From her Father to neighbours, everyone tried to convince her to come down from the tower, but the girl was adamant. Since Rajasthan had witnessed the death of a young boy in Sawai Madhopur, we were trying to deal it very sensibly and we continuously spoke to her over the mobile phone," a senior police officer said.

"It was a 60 feet tower and she kept threatening that she will jump off the tower if her parents do not agree to her demands. Later, she requested us to call her grandfather on his cellphone. Only after her grandfather assured her that nobody in the family will get her married against her will, she came down," the officer added.

After the one hour-long high drama, Bala was arrested and later released. "We immediately took her in custody and booked the girl for suicide bid. She was later released on bail," police said. Talking to reporters, Bala said she will not hesitate to take this step if her family talks about her marriage again.

"Nobody can compel me to get married even if they are my parents," she said.

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