Dowry harassment claims newly wed woman's life

Husband, in-laws flee the scene before parents arrive

Two women were found dead under mysterious circumstances in separate incidents reported in the City since Tuesday.

The body of Shabina Taj, 21, a newly-wed woman was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house in HBR Colony I Stage on Tuesday evening.

She had married her relative Mohammed Azam eight months ago. Azam’s family members claimed that they were away from home and, on returning they found the body of Shabina hanging from the fan.

Azam called up Shabina’s parents and informed them about her death. However, by the time they reached their daughter’s house, Azam, his parents Ameer Pasha and Dilshad Begum and sister Zabina Taj had fled the house.

Shabina’s parents have alleged that harassment for more dowry had made their daughter take the extreme step. Azam who was working as a civil engineer with a private firm in the City had divorced his first wife.

The K G Halli police have registered a case under the Dowry Prohibition Act and Indian Penal Code. Police said that a search was on to trace Azam and his family members.

Suicide suspected

In the other incident, a 35-year-old woman was found dead in her house in Kamkashipalya Wednesday morning.

The victim Gangabhyramma, 35, hailing from Boodihal, Kunigal, was a tailor. She was married to Devegowda, 40, an autorickshaw driver.

 In the wee hours of Wednesday, Devegowda called Gangabhyramma’s brother and the police and informed them of his wife’s death.

He claimed that he was woken up by a thud and was shocked to see his wife lying dead on the floor. He claimed that Gangabhyramma had fallen from the cot. Though Devegowda rushed her to a nearby private hospital, she was declared brought dead.

Police sources said that on Tuesday night, the childless couple had a fight. After Devegowda went to sleep, Gangabhyramma hanged herself with a saree from the ceiling. Around 2.30 am, the body fell on the floor with a thud.

The Kamakshipalya police have registered a case of unnatural death and are questioning Devegowda.

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