Karnataka woman dies by suicide allegedly over husband's Rs 1.5cr IPL betting debt

The police have arrested three persons in connection with the suicide.
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A 24-year-old woman V Ranjitha from Karnataka’s Chitradurga died by suicide allegedly over a debt of Rs 1.5 crore that her husband had incurred by betting during previous IPL seasons. Her family claimed that she couldn’t bear the constant harassment by money lenders. Ranjitha was married to Darshan Balu, an assistant engineer in the minor irrigation department. According to police, she was found dead around 6.30 pm on March 18. The police have recovered a suicide note from the house. 

Ranjitha's father, Venkatesh M, in his police complaint said that Darshan had fallen into the grip of IPL betting addiction, leading to substantial financial losses from 2021. Darshan allegedly resorted to taking loans from multiple individuals at exorbitant interest rates to fuel his gambling habits. 

While Ranjitha’s family alleges that Darshan was coerced into betting by others, the police say that he was a compulsive gambler and his wife knew about it. They maintain that Darshan's addiction led to a spiral of debt, compelling him to seek more loans in order to repay the already existing debt.

The couple’s families tried to negotiate with lenders and repay the debts, but the situation continued to deteriorate. “Initially, they agreed, but later they started calling up Darshan and Ranjitha, threatening to defame the family over the dues,” Venkatesh said in the complaint.

Venkatesh named 13 people including moneylenders and bookies in the complaint. A case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code was registered. Three persons – Shivu, Girish and Venkatesh – the money lenders were arrested by the police. Mahantesh, suspected to be a bookie, is yet to be arrested.

If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.

Tamil Nadu

State health department's suicide helpline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)

Andhra Pradesh

Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584


Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222


Maithri: 0484 2540530

Chaithram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.


State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104

Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 am and 7 pm)

Aasara offers support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one.    

24x7 Helpline: 9820466726 

Click here for working helplines across India.

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