India, March 6 -- Her name was Ayesha. She was 23, worked at a bank and was hoping to complete a master's degree when she chose to end her life in the Sabarmati river. The police have arrested her husband, Aarif Khan, who she married in 2018, and charged him with abetment to suicide.

Rashika Jain was 25 and had married businessman Kushal Agarwal at a grand destination wedding in Jodhpur a year ago. On February 16, she was dead from a fall off the third floor terrace of her in-laws' home in Alipore, Kolkata. The police have filed a first information report against Agarwal. In both cases, the women's parents have alleged harassment over dowry.

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