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Dowry whiff in death

Madhubani, Dec. 27: The body of a 25-year-old woman was found on Thursday near a pond at Sapta village under the jurisdiction of Rahika police station, sparking speculations of murder prompted by demands for dowry.

The deceased has been identified as Jamila Khatun. She was married to Sapta resident Mohammed Alam. Sources said her husband and in-laws had been allegedly putting pressure on her to cough up a dowry of Rs 2 lakh.

Police said several cut marks were found on her body and neck. “The body has been sent for post-mortem to Madhubani Sadar Hospital,” said superintendent of police Ranjit Mishra, adding that a case of dowry death has been lodged under IPC Section 304(B) and Section 302.

He said: “No arrest has been made yet. It is too early to comment on the cause of death.”

Alam was arrested on Thursday afternoon. His family members have fled the village.


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