Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 28:
On a day when married women pray for the well being of their husbands, a 24-year-old married woman Tapaswini Sahu was allegedly burnt to death allegedly for failing to meet the dowry demands of her in-laws at the Aurobindo Nagar basti under the Chandrasekharpur police limits in Odisha’s capital city today.
The woman, who was set ablaze, was rescued from a closed room inside her house in a critical condition by neighbours and admitted first to a private hospital and then the Capital Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Her husband Laxmidhar Sahu (32) and his parents have absconded after the incident.
The matter came to light after the deceased’s father Alekha Sahu, of Odagaon in Nayagarh district, lodged a complaint with the Mahila police station this evening in which he alleged his daughter had been murdered by her in-laws and her husband Laxmidhar.
According to Alekh’s report, it was a pre-planned murder staged by her in-laws and husband who fled the basti after committing the ghastly act.
Tapaswini, who had married Laxmidhar in 2009, was allegedly subjected to harassment and torture regularly by her in-laws over dowry demands, her brother Alekha said.
“She had told me all about her sufferings on May 26 when I had gone to their house with the Sabitri Bhara, At the time of marriage we have given all the dowry items as per the demands of her in-laws but that did not satisfy their greed. They ended mydaughter’s life on a day she was fasting and praying for her husband’s long life,” Alekha said with his voice choked with emotion.