'Harassed' woman succumbs to burns

Doesnt blame in-laws for blast, nor denies their involvement

A 24-year-old married woman succumbed to burns at Lok Nayak Hospital late on Monday, a month after she suffured injuries when a stove exploded at her house in outer Delhi’s Rohini.

Sukhvinder Kaur lived with her husband and in-laws at Sardar Colony in Rohini sector 16. She had told police that the stove exploded on November 10 when she was cooking.

“Though the woman’s husband and in-laws used to harass her regularly for dowry, she, in her police statement, refused to agree that the explosion was planned. She, however, did not deny the fact that her in-laws could be behind the incident,” a police official said.

Sukhvinder’s husband Amarjeet Singh had rushed her to Lok Nayak Hospital soon after the incident.

Her statement was recorded by K N Katju Marg police in front of a sub-divisional magistrate on November 11. In her statement, Sukhvinder alleged that Amarjeet and his mother Sindoor Kaur used to beat her demanding dowry. They also used to demand a car and a portion of the property owned by her father.

She also mentioned that her husband had left her after she had given birth to a daughter in 2011.

He had later accepted her following a panchayat’s decision in her native village. A case under section 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was lodged with K N Katju Marg police station on November 11.

“We are investigating the case to ascertain allegations made by her paternal family members,” the official added.

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