A 55-year-old woman has been arrested for setting her 25-year-old daughter in-law on fire in Petarwar, about 20km from Bokaro, alleging her to be a leprosy patient.
Anjum Parween is battling for her life at Bokaro General Hospital where she was admitted with 45 per cent burn injuries on August 18. Her father Shahzahan Khan, a Dhanbad resident, had filed an FIR with Petarwar police. Parween’s mother in-law Uzma Khatoon was arrested the next day.
Khan had also accused his daughter’s husband Jabir Hussain, brother in-law Sabir and sister in-law Sahida Begum of torturing and ostracising Parween after suspecting her of being a leprosy patient. The trio is still absconding.
Meanwhile, Khan, who is a driver with a private company, is finding it extremely difficult to cough up Rs 12,000 per day to make ends meet.
Parween got married to Jabir in 2007. The couple has a one-year-old daughter.
“Though my daughter’s in-laws started neglecting her ever since she got married, the torture began three years ago after her father in-law Mojibur Rahman passed away,” said Khan, adding that the-laws had also demanded a TV from Parween about two years ago. Things further deteriorated after her right hand showed signs of lesions.
“We will make a breakthrough soon,” said OC Mithilesh Kumar Mishra.