Woman dies of dowry injuries

Bhubaneswar: A woman, who had allegedly been set on fire by her in-laws in demand of dowry, succumbed to her injuries on Thursday at a private hospital in the city.

The dying declaration of the deceased, identified as Chandrakanti Barik of Khurda's Dingar village, has become viral on the social media.

In the dying declaration shot by one of her cousin sisters, the 29-year-old deceased had accused her husband, identified as Debasish Barik, and in-laws of setting her on fire. "My husband poured kerosene on me, while the in-laws held me tightly. They killed me over dowry," said the woman in the video.

Chandrakanti's father Managobind alleged that her father-in-law, identified as Rabindra Barik, and mother-in-law had killed her over dowry demand of Rs 50,000.

"We had given Rs 20,000, along with some gold jewellery, to them. But, my daughter's in-laws started torturing her mentally and physically over dowry. We had moved the court in the past where the matter was amicably settled and her in-laws had taken her home," said Managobind.

He said the marriage took place 10 years ago, and the couple had a seven-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.

However, the demand for dowry took a fatal turn on Tuesday when Chandrakanti's husband and in-laws allegedly poured kerosene on her. The victim with serious burn injuries was first rushed to Khurda district headquarters hospital by her husband, who fled the hospital after the doctors said the condition of his wife was critical. Later, Chandrakanti's family members admitted her in a Bhubaneswar-based private hospital.

"I received a call from her in-laws that she suffered burn injuries after catching fire from gas burner, while her husband told me that my daughter set herself on fire by pouring kerosene. The police must arrest them immediately," demanded Managobind.

Khurda police superintendent Dipti Ranjan Ray said they were trying to nab Chandrakanti's husband and in-laws. "A case of murder has been registered with Begunia police station. We have sent our men to the house of the in-laws of Chandrakanti, but they were not present there. They have also taken the two children with them. We are hopeful of nabbing them shortly," said Ray.

Brown sugar arrests

Police on Thursday morning arrested a man and a woman for possessing 45 grams of brown sugar. The accused have been identified as Saroj Patra, 35, of Baisnabnagar and Ranju Pradhan, 48, of Samantarapur.


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