One dies, another sustains burns over 'dowry torture'

Published: 03rd September 2016 04:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2016 04:35 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: One Mili Pradhan of Pipili succumbed to her injuries at Capital Hospital here on Friday after being allegedly set on fire by her in-laws over dowry demands.

Though her husband and mother-in-law brought her to the hospital, Mili’s brother Pravat Baral levelled allegations of dowry death against them.

Pipili police arrested Mili’s husband Naba Pradhan and her in-laws.

In a separate incident on the day, a woman sustained serious burns after her husband and in-laws allegedly set her on fire. The woman, Roji Parida of Kakarudrapur village in Balianta on the outskirts of the City, was rushed to Capital Hospital in a critical condition by her neighbours.

As her condition deteriorated, the doctors referred Roji to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack.

Speaking to mediapersons at Capital Hospital, Roji accused her husband Pinku Pradhan and in-laws of dowry torture. “Pinku and his parents poured kerosene and set me on fire,” she said.

A native of Banarpal in Angul district, Roji had a love marriage with Pinku. However, she was regularly tortured physically.

Officials of State Commission for Women said immediate action will be taken once Roji’s health condition improves.

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