Woman Set Ablaze over Dowry Demand

Published: 17th July 2014 08:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2014 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

JAGATSINGHPUR: A 25-year-old newly married woman was burnt alive allegedly by her in-laws over dowry demand at Madhabpur village here.

One Annapurna Mishra, hailing from Purna Basudevpur area, was married to Laxmidhar Pati of Madhabpur on May 24 this year. Immediately after marriage, her in-laws started torturing her demanding more dowry. They had already taken `one lakh in cash, household articles and gold jewellery during marriage.

When Annapurna’s parents failed to meet their demand, her husband Laxmidhar, father-in-law Lingaraj and mother-in-law Sakuntala subjected her to physical and mental torture frequently. Following an argument with her on Tuesday night, they tied her up, poured kerosene and set her afire. Hearing her scream, neighbours rushed to the house and rescued Annapurna. She was admitted to Jagatsinghpur Hospital and later shifted to SCB Medical at Cuttack after her condition worsened. She suffered 90 per cent burn injuries.

On Wednesday, Annapurna’s father, Prasant Kumar Mishra, lodged an FIR in the Jagatsinghpur police station alleging that his daughter was killed by her in-laws as he failed to meet their dowry demands.

Police subsequently, arrested Laxmidhar, Lingaraj and Sakuntala and forwarded them to court.

The court rejected their bail applications and remanded them in judicial custody.


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