A SUICIDE in Bahrain has prompted an investigation by police in India into an alleged prostitution racket, it has emerged.
Indian national Jini Jose Kachipally, a 30-year-old who worked in a restaurant in Adliya, was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her bedroom on Friday, the GDN reported.
However, her family has claimed that a relative who originally brought Ms Kachipally to Bahrain to work in a salon was responsible for forcing her into prostitution and driving her to take her own life.
When the relative accompanied Ms Kachipally’s body to Kodungalloor in Kerala, the family locked her up inside their home prompting an investigation into their claims by the police.
Kodungalloor police sub-inspector Jinesh K J told the GDN that the female relative of Ms Kachippally, who is also a Bahrain resident, was questioned on Tuesday but has been released from custody.
“We are further investigating the matter, while we have released the accused on condition that she should be available for police questioning until further notice,” he said.
“We need to investigate more into the situation, especially with the death happening in another country and the body having been repatriated.
“We conducted a post-mortem after the body was brought to Kerala and it is certified as a case of suicide.”
Ms Kachipally’s brother-in-law, who only identified himself as Vinu, told the GDN that she arrived in Bahrain in July and was initially offered a job in a salon.
“Jini’s colleagues told us that she had called many of them on the day she killed herself to tell them that she would commit suicide,” he said from Kodungalloor.
“Apparently (the female relative) forced her to go to other men and Jini was beaten up often for not obeying.
“We have filed a complaint with the police and also with local political leaders about our concerns.
“We know of at least 10 women whom (the female relative) had taken to Bahrain promising jobs in salons and as receptionists, but we understand that they are working in bars and other restaurants.
“We will not get back the life we lost but we don’t want another woman to suffer this fate and hence our complaint – the culprits should be punished.”
Ms Kachipally is survived by her husband Antony and children Alina, Albin, Alvin and Alvia.