Kashmir woman dies of bruns, husband arrested on murder charges
A woman (30) of central Kashmir, who sustained severe burn injuries at her in-laws home last week, lost her battle with life on Monday.india Updated: Feb 04, 2013 20:47 IST
A woman (30) of central Kashmir, who sustained severe burn injuries at her in-laws home last week, lost her battle with life on Monday.
Police said that the victim's husband, who was already in custody after a complaint by parents of the woman, has been booked on charges of murder.
The victim, who was living with her husband Ghulam Mohiuddin Rathur for the past seven years in Budgam district and have two small children, breathed her last at Srinagar's Shri Maharaja Hari Singh after spending seven days in coma.
"The lady had received burn injuries on January 27 at her home. Her parents have alleged that she was burnt by her in-laws," said a police spokesman.
Budgam superintendent of police, Uttam Chand said that a case was already registered.
"She had burn injuries caused by a kerosene stove. We have included murder charges in the case and arrested her husband. The investigation has started and within days everything will become clear whether or not it was a murder," he said.
Brother of the woman, Iqbal Ahmad Dar accused Rathur of "torturing his sister for the past four years".
"For the first few years everything was normal. Her husband would take care of her. There were no economic issues either as the family have big fruit gardens besides weaving carpets. But some four years back, things started to change," Dar told HT over phone.
"Rathur started to abuse and at times assault her. It turned out that he did not want to spend on her. Even for going to a doctor, he would snub her. Many times he wanted her to ask money from our parents," Dar said.
"Some three months back, she returned home with a broken nose. We wanted to approach police but then some village elders intervened. And now he killed her by sprinkling kerosene," he added.
The parents of Rathur could not be contacted for comment.