Police Arrest Husband and "Lover"

Gay Love Led To Wife’s Suicide?

An ugly, gay-flavored family feud brews in India, where 32-year old Preeti Verma‘s family alleged Verma killed herself over her husband’s affair with his male cousin. Verma married Sanjay Verma five years ago, but apparently Mr. Verma couldn’t get over his gay love.

One neighbor tells Calcutta’s Telegraph,

Sanjay and Preeti were married for five years but he remained very close to his cousin Munna. That relationship must have driven her to suicide. Even when the two went on their honeymoon, Munna was with them. We want police to look into this relationship as the cause of Preeti’s death. She did not make it public and suffered in silence, as she did not want to malign her husband.

Preeti’s family have now lodged an official – though sexless – complaint against Sanjya Verma and the cousin, which led to their arrest.

Police superintendent Praveen Kumar confirms,

On the basis of the complaint lodged by Preeti’s brother, we arrested Sanjay Verma and his cousin Manoj. They have been remanded in judicial custody for seven days.

Sanjay’s father, meanwhile, contests the queer allegations,

I think the issue of the two having a relationship is baseless. Manoj and Sanjay are business partners and this might have brought them closer. I don’t see anything wrong if two brothers live and work together to nurture their business.

He claims people are just out to smear his son’s name. Other members of the family say Preeti killed herself after three miscarriages.

Sanya and Munna, meanwhile, remain imprisoned.