won’t sack NRI for torturing wife
Washington-based Wipro employee Yogesh Patil who has been
arrested on charges of abetting his wife’s suicide will continue
to be treated as a Wipro employee till the charges against
him are proven.
executive vice president (human resources), Wipro, Pratik
Kumar told Mumbai Mirror that the company’s policy in such
cases is that the employee’s services are terminated only
upon his being proven guilty. “We will have to wait till the
judgment in this case is delivered before we decide whether
or not to take action against him.”
Patil has been arrested by the police and remanded to magisterial
custody till August 28, his salary will be deducted for the
number of days he fails to report to duty. “He will be treated
like any other employee who is absent from work. His leaves
will be adjusted against the number of days he is absent from
work. If his absence continues beyond the leaves he has accumulated
he will suffer loss of pay for that period,” Kumar explained.
said he was not sure about Patil’s job profile in Washington.
“He was deputed overseas to work in the technical stream.
He was one of our 5,000 employees there. That’s all the information
I have about his job.”
Mirror had on August 15 reported how the Vasai police arrested
former Ruparel topper and Wipro employee Yogesh after he mysteriously
arrived in the city carrying his wife’s dead body and cremated
her without informing her family.
Details from Mumbai Mirror Bureau:
tortured wife, drove her to suicide
police arrest former Ruparel topper and Washington-based Wipro
employee after he mysteriously lands up carrying his wife’s
dead body and cremates her without informing her family
the turn for our front page story on Tuesday (NRI tortured
wife inspired by Nana film) was jumbled up with another story.
We apologise for the same and reproduce the story in its entirety
all the attributes that a parent might look for in a groom
for their daughterWashington-based non-resident Indian Yogesh
Patil (30) was a topper from Ruparel College, he had a cushy
job with Wipro and he promised to keep his bride happy.
years after school teacher Manohar Pandit had married his
brilliant daughter Sheetal, an M.Sc in Computers, to Patil,
her dead body was brought to Vasai, cremated without his knowledge
and last week his son-in-law was arrested by Vasai police
for torture and dowry.
his arrest Patil confessed to torturing his wife which led
to her suicide. The sordid story unfolded when Patil arrived
from the US with no prior intimation at his parents’ house
at Vasai on August 11. Accompanying him was his wife’s dead
body. Suspecting something amiss one of the neighbours who
did not wish to be identified informed Sheetal’s parents about
her death. But by the time her father Manohar who teaches
at Chalisgaon, Jalgaon reached Vasai, Sheetal had already
been cremated and he was told that she had killed herself.
a topper in XIIth Science examination from Ruparel College,
Matunga, with a B.E (Mechanical), had worked in the Pune and
Hyderabad offices of Wipro Limited before being transferred
to Washington. For Pandit, he seemed like an ideal match for
his bright and beautiful daughter. Accordingly the match was
arranged. Vasai police say that Yogesh’s father Suresh Patil
who himself is a principal at New Era English School, Nallasopara,
demanded and got Rs 4.57 lakh in dowry. However not satisfied
with that he then asked for another Rs 50,000 soon after the
marriage on April 17,2003.
the fact from Sheetal who was dead against any kind of dowry,
her parents scrounged the money together and paid most of
the dowry demanded. After the wedding, Yogesh left for the
United States and Sheetal joined him on 1 August 2004. Police
say that during her short stay with Yogesh’s parents, Sheetal
was physically and mentally abused. “Her mother-in-law Sulochana
used to taunt Sheetal on trivial issues like cooking and filling
water. Sheetal, apparently did not inform her parents about
this,” says police inspector R Lokhare.
US too, Sheetal was subjected to daily abuse by Yogesh. “When
she was pregnant, Sulochna told her son to abort the babies
as she thought Sheetal may deliver two girls after the sonography
report confirmed twins. But, Sheetal refused to undergo abortion
as she was already six months pregnant and abortion at that
stage would be risky,” the officer said. In June 2005, Sheetal
delivered twin boys in the US.
torture did not stop. She was not allowed to speak to her
parents on the telephone or write letters to them. Three months
ago, Sheetal finally managed to sneak out a letter to her
father. She told him that her husband was â€˜inspired’ by
the Hindi film ‘ Agnisakshi’ where the hero, Nana Patekar
tortured the heroine, Manisha Koirala. “He enacted the torture
scenes in the movie and told me â€˜I am spending on you, you
have to obey what I tell you.” She also wrote about committing
from that letter to her father Sheetal had told a Pune based
friend, Sapna Mukherjee (name changed), during internet chats
on May and June about the torture and that she was planning
to file for divorce.
have recovered Sheetal’s laptop and plan to get transcripts
of the conversation from the Internet Service Provider. “This
would reveal more details about the torture,” said Lohkare.
has told the police that there was a bitter fight between
the couple on August 3. “Yogesh had repeatedly punched Sheetal’s
face and in self defence, she bit Yogesh’s arms and fingers,”
day she hanged herself. Police have now recovered the “stridhan”
(items gifted to a woman by her parents during the marriage)
and other materials from the Patils. Cops say Sheetal used
to maintain a daily diary which Yogesh tried to destroy after
her death. However, some torn pages of the diary where Sheetal
had described the daily torture has been recovered by the
accused the three under section 304 (b) for dowry death, 498
for harassment for dowry, 306 for provoking suicide, among
other charges,” said Lohkare.
the trio could face a minimum jail sentence of seven to ten
years and currently the three accused have been remanded to
police custody till 15 August. Sheetal’s uncle, Purshottam
Gawande, a senior inspector posted at Vidhan Sabha has demanded
severe punishment to the three for murdering her niece. The
twins are now with Sheetal’s relatives in Chalisgaon.
IN THE STORY:
Patil, told the police that he drew an annual salary Rs 20
lakh. Hence there was no need for him to demand dowry. “Pandit
is trying to frame me,” said Patil.
if Sheetal had written four letters to Pandit complaining
of harassment why didn’t he file a complaint earlier.
said Patil, in one of his statements, had said he spent 16-18
hours a day at work and could not give much to his wife. In
another statement he said he used to have frequent fights
with his wife.
police may visit the apartment in Washington where Sheetal
committed suicide. Senior Police Inspector Purshottam Gawande
said, “We are yet to receive the post-mortem report from Washington.
Only an accidental death report has been registered there.
So another post-mortem was conducted at Cooper hospital.”
The police would visit Yahoo office in Lower Parel to probe
about the chat sessions that Sheetal had with a Pune-based
and his parents have been remanded to magisterial custody
till August 28.