Meera Dalal, 25, from Leicester, UK, was a woman with a promising future: She had a great circle of friends, a close-knit family, and a good career. In 2013, Dalal was on a night out with her friends when she bumped into a man she’d dated briefly as a teenager. (He cannot be named for legal reasons.) They reconnected and began dating, and Dalal’s demeanor began to change.
She stopped hanging out with her friends and appeared preoccupied even when she did see them. Dalal often sent him photographs of where she was, and she was constantly speaking to him on her phone or on Skype. He attempted to physically assault her best friend after she counseled Dalal to leave him. Once he even obtained the CCTV footage from a restaurant Dalal had visited with her friends to check her whereabouts. It became clear to Dalal’s close friends and family that she was in an abusive relationship, but they struggled to know how to help her.
When Dalal ended the relationship, her ex began stalking her. He would turn up uninvited at the house where she lived with her parents. Her family says that he withheld her passport so that she couldn’t go on holiday with them. Dalal even began transferring large sums of money to his bank account.
On 15 February 2016, Dalal was found dead at her family home. She had died by suicide at the age of just 25. After her death, an investigation conducted by police watchdog Independent Police Complaints Commission (now known as the Independent Office for Police Conduct) found that Dalal had spoken to police multiple about the abuse, but refused to cooperate with officers investigating the allegations.
Broadly met with Dalal’s friends to find out more about her life and how best to help other stalking and domestic abuse victims.
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