A 20-year-old woman was burnt alive by her in-laws in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district after her parents failed to give in to their demands of additional dowry. No arrests have been made in this regard as of yet.
Woman burnt alive by in-laws after failure to give dowry
Jaipur: Almost six decades after the Dowry Prohibition Act came into effect in 1961, the practice of torturing and even murdering a woman with the intention of punishing her for her failure to give more dowries continues to be a rampant one in present-day India. One such horrific incident has come to light from the Nagaur district in Rajasthan where a woman was allegedly burnt alive by her in-laws.
The incident took place on Tuesday when 20-year-old Kismat Kanwar was set ablaze allegedly by her mother-in-law in the Kukrod village under Makrana police station’s jurisdiction. In a statement she gave to the police before succumbing to her burn wounds, the victim told police that kerosene was poured on her by her in-laws before they set her on fire for failure to give in to their demands of more dowries.
Kanwar told local police officers that she was starved for two days by her in-laws who demanded Rs 5 lakh cash and a car from her parents as dowry. Parents of the victim who got married to one Balraj Singh about 18 months ago gave her in-laws 400 grams of gold and one lakh cash as dowry. Our daughter was ill-treated and tortured after we failed to give in to her in-laws’ demands of dowry.
The victim was rushed to the SMS hospital in Jaipur around 9.30 pm on Tuesday night with 95 per cent burn injuries. Police officials suggest that her family recorded her statement the same night around 8.17 pm. A case has been filed against the accused under section 498 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), however, no arrests have been made in this regard as of yet.