NGO worker alleges dowry torture

Published: 01st September 2016 04:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2016 04:54 AM   |  A+A-

ROURKELA: An NGO worker has accused her husband, who is also a functionary in the NGO, of converting her religion and torturing her physically and mentally for dowry.

The woman, Aisharya Sanghamitra Dash, lodged a complaint against her husband Amber Alam at Mahila police station with help of BJD’s women wing State secretary Minati Debata on Tuesday. The couple work in Bisra-based NGO, Disha. Police on Wednesday conducted medical examination of the victim.

NGO.jpgIn her statement before police, Dash said before marriage, she was working for an NGO at Bhubaneswar and Alam during his visit to the Capital used to lure her to join Disha with offer of higher salary.  Later, when she joined Disha he developed physical relationship with her and when she insisted on marriage, he forced her to convert to Islam. They got married in December 2015. Ever since, she was being physically and mentally tortured by Alam and in-laws. The torture also led to her miscarriage once and she had also attempted suicide, the complainant added. Debata said police should take exemplary action against the accused husband and ensure justice to her.

Man arrested for killing wife

Berhampur: Gagarin Nayak (23) of Kirikuti village in Kandhamal district was arrested by Daringbadi police on Wednesday for allegedly killing his wife. On August 27, Nayak’s wife Pranita was found dead in her house under mysterious circumstances. Without informing the parents of the deceased, Nayak cremated the body. Receiving information, Subala Paricha, father of Pranita, lodged an FIR in the police station on Tuesday alleging that Pranita was murdered by Nayak and his family. Subala stated that Nayak had married Pranita against the consent of his family.

Woman burnt alive, 3 arrested

Dhenkanal: A 26-year-old woman Sumitra Sahoo was allegedly burnt alive at Tanger Sahi of Nihalprasad village under Nihalprasad police limits on Wednesday. Police arrested the woman’s in-laws in this connection. Some locals witnessed smoke billowing from the house and informed police following which a team rushed to the spot and found Sumitra dead. Family members said she had taken bath and was offering prayers when the mishap occurred. It is alleged that her in-laws poured kerosene and set her on fire. Sumitra married Kailash Sahoo about one and half year back and was ever since being tortured for dowry. Inspector-in-charge of Nihalprasad police station,  Bishnu C Barik said, as per the FIR lodged by her parents a murder case has been registered. Those arrested are her husband, brother-in-law Prakash Sahoo, mother-in-law Mataji Sahoo.

Villagers gherao PS over dowry death

Kendrapara: At least 200 villagers on Wednesday gheraoed the police station at Rajnagar in Kendrapara district for three hours seeking police action in a dowry death case. Bandana Dash (23) of Banabiharipur village was allegedly burnt to death by her in-laws and husband Suvendu Panda on June 10. Bandana was married to Suvendu 16 months back. Irate villagers demanded the arrest of Suvendu, his mother Indumati Panda and father Birakishor. Bishnu Charana Dash, father of Bandana, had filed an FIR in the police station on June 11. He had alleged that Suvendu and his family were constantly mounting pressure on her to bring more dowry. When their demands could not be fulfilled, they killed Bandana. Acting on the FIR, police had registered a case against all the accused persons. However, the culprits managed to flee the village. “We are raiding several hideouts to arrest them,” said Sashikanta Kanungo, IIC of Rajnagar police station.

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