“I’ll kill you!” Sagar lunged at his son-in-law. “You blood sucking leech…”
“Calm down!” Family members intervened. “Meeta committed suicide.”
“Why would she?” An overwrought Sagar spat. “Meeta wanted nothing. I gave her everything, TV, car, even a luxury cruise. Besides she had a lucrative job.”
“Meeta was depressed.”
“Nonsense!” distraught, Reeta interrupted. “She often complained about her in-laws. They were torturing and abusing her. Meeta wanted to leave them.”
“Exactly.” Sagar brushed his cheeks. “They killed her.”
“Meeta begged you to let her to come back home.” Reeta retorted. “But each time, you sent her back. You killed her Papa.”
A/N Forgive me I am rather obsessed with this subject. Over here in India, stringent laws are in place against in-laws regarding dowry and bride burning. But my question is if parents were more supportive why would girls (especially qualified educated financially independent working women) commit suicide or even stick around to be murdered or worse? Perhaps it is time parents are booked as well.
Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting this challenge and Ted Strutz for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.