A 50-year-old deputy superintendent of Tihar Jail and his son were arrested for allegedly trying to burn alive the latter’s wife for not fulfilling their dowry demands.
The incident happened in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur on Wednesday.
The victim, identified as Usha Singh, 25, has been admitted at Safdarjung Hospital with 65% burns. The arrested men are Gyan Singh and his son Nitin, 27.
Gyan Singh is a deputy superintendent at Tihar and incharge of the Central Public Relations Office. His son Nitin works for a private security firm in Faridabad.
“In her statement before the sub-divisional magistrate, Usha alleged that she was being harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry. Her father-in-law injured her wrist with a blade and set her ablaze with kerosene oil,” said Premnath, DCP (south).
The father and son were booked under section 498 (enticing or taking away or detaining with criminal intent a married woman) and 307 (Attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case was registered at the Vasant Kunj police station and the duo was sent to Tihar.
The role of the victim’s mother-in-law’s is being probed, but she has not been arrested as she suffers from paralysis. Usha has accused her mother-in-law of abusing her verbally.
A senior police officer said the incident was reported around 4 pm on Wednesday when a neighbour called the police control room. “The neighbours had heard the victim’s screams for help and poured water on her to douse the flames,” said a senior police officer.
Since Usha and Nitin were married less than seven years ago, her statement was recorded at the hospital by a sub-divisional magistrate. Gyan had been ordering her to get money from her home. When she refused, Gyan and his son beat her up.
On Wednesday, the officer said, there was an argument between the victim and her father-in law. “Gyan allegedly went on to slit her wrist with a blade. He brought kerosene, poured it on her and set her ablaze. Her neighbours barged into the flat on hearing her screams,” the officer said quoting the victim’s statement.