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Rebuffed by police, dowry torture victim seeks media help

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, Dec 16:

A woman tortured by her in-laws for dowry on Monday sought the help of the media after failing to get justice from the police.

Talking to mediapersons, Shikha Das, daughter of Surendra Das of Jayadev Vihar, said her torture started barely 17 days after her marriage on June 2 this year when her husband left for Pune to join his job.

Shikha Das
Shikha Das

“Not satisfied with jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh and home appliances given at the time of marriage as dowry, my in-laws tortured me for more dowry. They threatened me of dire consequences if I failed to get more dowry from my parents. They forcibly took away my all gold ornaments and called my husband over phone to take me to him,” Shikha said.

There was no respite for her in Pune either as she was subjected to more torture by her husband, who asked for a car and Rs 5 lakh in cash from her father, she said.

“My husband even threatened to marry another girl if I failed to provide the dowry asked by him,” she said.
The most painful part of her life was when her husband’s family member did not disclose about his impotency during marriage, the harassed woman said.

Unable to take the torture, Sshikha called her parents to free her from husband’s clutches.

The victim’s father Surendra Das said he lodged a complaint with Mahila Police on November 22, but the police refused to register his complaint saying they will try to work out a compromise with her in laws.

“After three days, police did register a complaint on my repeated request. But they have failed to nab the culprits who were still at large, said Shikha’s father.

In desperation, the victim, along with her parents, also met Twin City Commissioner of police Dr R P Sharma, but in vain.

“I want Shikha’s husband and her in-laws to be nabbed and booked under law so that no other girl suffers from dowry torture in our state” said Surendra with painful heart and prayed before media to help him out in bringing justice.

On being contacted, the Inspector-in-charge of Mahila police station Sarojini Nayak said a case of dowry torture was registered under sections 498 (A), 323, 294, 354, 354 (A), 506, 509, 34 of IPC and 14 Dowry Prohibition Act against the culprits and investigation is on to nab the culprits as early as possible.