Woman Journalist Hangs Self in Varanasi, Names SP Leader in Note

Rizwwana Tabassum killed herself in Harpalpur of Varanasi district on Monday.

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Twenty eight-year-old freelance journalist, Rizwana Tabassum, committed suicide by hanging herself on Monday, 5 May. Samajwadi Party leader Shamim Nomani has now been arrested for abetting the extreme step after a suicide note recovered from her room blamed him.

“Shamim Nomani is responsible,” her suicide note said. Tabassum killed herself in Harpalpur of Varanasi district on Monday.

SSP’s PRO Sanjay Tripathi, told IANS on Tuesday that Shamim had been formally arrested. He was detained and interrogated on Monday night.

The PRO further said that the post mortem report of Rizwana had confirmed death by hanging.

According to Varanasi Sadar CO, Abhishek Pandey, a case has been registered against Lohta resident Nomani on the charge of abetment to suicide under Section 306 on Tabassum's father complaint.


Nomani has been detained for interrogation and the body has been sent for post-mortem.

Shamim and Rizwana reportedly were friends for a long time but no one is aware of what happened suddenly.

According to reports, when Tabassum did not come out of her room on Monday, they called out to her but there was no response.

The police were informed about the incident and when the policemen broke open the door, Tabassum’s body was found hanging from the ceiling fan.

Her father said, “She never told about anything nor did she have any enmity with anyone. She was a good daughter as well as a good journalist.”

She had completed Mass Communication from Banaras Hindu University and worked as a freelance journalist for several portals and publications.

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