A 22-year-old pregnant woman died due to severe burn injuries at her in-laws’ house in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar on Friday night.
The woman’s husband, who is physically challenged, also suffered burn injuries while attempting to save his wife, the police said on Sunday.
The woman’s family members have, however, alleged that she was burnt to death by her husband and in-laws for dowry. Her in-laws have refuted the allegations by claiming that the woman committed suicide.
Police said the woman Savita, married Pramod seven months ago. Savita’s family members told the police that she was three months’ pregnant and that her husband and in-laws used to harass them for dowry.
A case has been registered at the Mandawali police station. The police have requested the local sub-divisional magistrate to conduct a probe into the woman’s death.
Pramod, who is undergoing treatment at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, reportedly works as a tailor. Savita’s body was handed over to her family after the autopsy on Saturday.
On Sunday, Savita’s relatives gathered outside the Mandawali police station and protested against the local police after keeping her body on the main road. The protesters demanded the arrest of her in-laws and alleged that police were trying to hush up the matter.
Savita’s sister Anita, who lives in east Delhi’s Kondli, alleged that Pramod’s family had cheated her parents and sister by keeping them in the dark about the fact that Pramod was physically challenged.
“Even though our family never raised that issue, Pramod and his family tortured my sister for dowry. On Friday, Savita had rung up to tell me that her life was in danger but I did not take her fear seriously,” Anita told the police. She also alleged that Savita’s in-laws poured petrol on her and set her on fire.