Woman dies after being forced to drink acid

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Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|19 April 2018|02 Shabaan 1439

A newly-wed woman died after being forced to drink acid over dowry demands by her in-laws. The police have registered a case and are conducting raids to nab the accused persons.

Reports said Rajani Kumari, a resident of Bhagalpur district, was married to a local policeman four years back. Soon after the marriage, however, her-in-laws began torturing the woman for dowry and on March 31, she was finally compelled to drink acid, the victim said in her dying declaration before the police. After battling for about a fortnight, she finally died on Sunday, triggering strong protests in the areas.

“First I was assaulted by my in-laws for dowry and then forced to drink acid,” the victim who was admitted to a local hospital told the local police in her dying declaration. A fortnight after recording her statement before the police, she died. Strangely, all her in-laws fled the hospital soon after she died.

The local senior superintendent of police, Bhagalpur, Manoj Kumar said the police had registered a case against the victim’s in-laws and raids were on to arrest the accused persons.

Acid attacks for dowry is nothing new to Bihar. Earlier in December 2016, a man in Bihar had thrown acid on the private parts of his wife just because she did not bring enough dowry to her in-laws’ home. The accused had demanded a buffalo as dowry among other things, according to media reports. The incident took place in West Champaran district.

Murder or torture for dowry goes on unabated in Bihar despite the state government launching a vigorous campaign against dowry and then forming a human chain to create awareness in the society about the deadly social evil claiming scores of lives every year.

An official report said around 25,000 women were either killed or committed suicide due to dowry harassment by their in-laws between 2012 and 2014 with Uttar Pradesh (7,048 deaths) reporting the highest number of death closely followed by Bihar (3,830 deaths). This information was provided to the Lok Sabha by federal minister Maneka Gandhi.

Apart from this, around 30,000 cases of dowry were registered during the same period under Dowry Prohibition Act.

Source – Gulf News