Pregnant woman beaten by in-laws

A three-month pregnant woman was allegedly beaten up by her mother-in-law and three sisters-in-law in central Delhi’s Paharganj. A case has been filed against them but no arrest has been made so far, police said on Tuesday.

Police said 19-year-old Kajal had a love marriage with Deepak around seven months back. They were neighbours in Paharganj’s Multani Dhanda. Currently, the couple was staying at the house of Deepak’s parents with Deepak’s mother Rekha and his sisters Shalu, Dimple and Sapna. Shalu is married, but often stays at her parent’s house.

Kajal told police that her in-laws treated her well for the initial two to three months after marriage. However, later they began placing restrictions on her.

“Kajal alleged that she was not allowed to visit her parent’s house and also to the market alone,” said a police officer.

Over the restrictions, Kajal was involved in regular arguments with them.

“She now claims that she was abused and beaten up by her in-laws twice late on Saturday and on Sunday morning,” the officer added.

Due to pregnancy, Kajal was planning to visit her parent’s house on Saturday.
She was, however, not allowed to leave the house by her in-laws. Kajal claims that she was beaten up, but did not sustain any major injury due to which she did not inform police and decided to stay back in the house.

Kajal finally decided to leave the house around 10 am on Sunday.

Her decision led to another round of abusive argument between the five women. Kajal claims that during the argument, she was slapped and punched by Rekha, Dimple and Sapna, while Shalu kicked her in the abdomen.

She was then kept confined in her room. Hearing the commotion, their neighbours informed police after which Kajal was taken to Kalawati Saran Children Hospital.
“She underwent treatment in the gynae ward, but was declared fit for statement,” the officer said.

A case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 342 (wrongful confinement)
of the Indian Penal Code has been filed against Rekha, Shalu, Dimple and Sapna with Paharganj police station.

“We have questioned the accused and are waiting for the probe to get over to confirm the allegations,” the officer added.

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