The Panchkula police on Saturday booked a man and his family members for the murder of his wife for dowry. Ritu (30) was found dead at her in-laws' house in Tibbi Mohalla Kheda Sitaram, Kalka, on Friday night. The post mortem examination on Saturday revealed that she was strangulated to death.
Ritu, a Dalit and a native of Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh, was in a relationship with Vijay Sharma and had married him about five years ago.
She was a tenant in Vijay Sharma's house, following which the duo fell in love and got married. After the postmortem report, Ritu's father Sundar Singh complained to the police that her daughter was harassed by her in-laws for dowry.
On his complaint, the police registered a case under sections 304B (dowry death) and 120A (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Act.
The couple has a boy Divansh (4). Ritu's parents said her Ritu's laws had harassed her on several occasions in the past, but the two parties would settle on a compromise whenever Ritu's parents decided to file a police complaint.
After having faced constant harassment, Ritu had gone to her parents' residence during Diwali. However, Sharma had brought her back on December 9, after which the duo continued to fight.
Kalka assistant commissioner of police Dharamveer said: "On Friday night, the couple entered a room in
their house. After some time, Vijay Sharma came out and locked the room from outside. As his brother got suspicious, he opened the room and found Ritu dead. The police were informed after that. We have booked Vijay Sharma, his brother Madan, mother Kamla Devi and sister Preeti in the case. Investigations into the case are on and we are yet to make arrests."