Relatives protest after woman ‘set ablaze’ for dowry in Pampore

Srinagar: The greed for exacting more and more dowry from the family of his wife prompted the husband to set ablaze her when the later refused to meet the demands of her in-laws.

Protesters from Dangarpora Kanipora Budgam who staged a massive protest here in Press Enclave Srinagar demanding harshest punishment to the guilty alleged that Rubina Akhatar married to a ‘greedy’ man from Pampore suffered 60% burn injuries when her in-laws including her husband first tortured her and set her on fire. “The victim is battling for life in SMHS Hospital Srinagar,” they said.

Giving details of the horrific incident, the family members of the victim said that she was married to Adil Gani Lone of Namblabal Pampore in September last year.

“She was subjected to domestic violence by her in-laws who were demanding dowry,” said Muhammad Yasin Sofi, younger brother of the victim adding that: “on Thursday night, she was beaten ruthlessly by her in-laws. As she got a chance, she called us on phone and revealed how she was being beaten up by her in-laws,” said Yasin.

Because of the shutdown, Yasin said, they were unable to visit her. “My second sister is married in the Pampore area. We contacted her and asked to inquire about the health of her sister,” said Yasin.

“My second sister was harassed too and not allowed to meet her (victim). So, my mother forced me to accompany her to visit Namblabal,” he said, adding that they were greeted by wails and cries of her sister as soon as they made an entry from the main gate.

“We heard cries. I saw my sister burning. Neighbors also assembled and all of us made collective effort to save her,” he said.

The woman was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital where from she was shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar. “She is undergoing treatment, but her condition is critical,” he said.

SHO Pampore Manzoor Ahmad Beigh said that they have arrested the husband and father-in-law of the victim. “We have registered a case vide FIR number 89/2016 under sections 498A, 354, 306/511 of RPC,” said Beigh, adding that they carried out searches to arrest the mother-in-law and sister-in-law of the woman but they have been evading arrests,” he said. (CNS)

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