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Two escape from becoming Bhumis

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 16:55 IST

CLOSE ON the heels of shocking murder of Bhumi Ramchandani by her in-laws and husband, two cases of dowry harassment including that of a doctor, have come to light.

Dr Sarita Goyal and Rajsri Sharma, belonging to Indore and married outside the State and suffered at the hands of their husbands for dowry, on Thursday registered complaints against their in-laws at the Mahila police station after escaping from their in-laws place.

Cases of cruelty against women and that too in educated well off families though seeming unlikely refuse to subside. After the brutal murder of by her mother-in-law shocked the city out of its senses two more incidents came to light where the women were harassed to the point of death.

Though Dr Goyal hailing from the City it was a case of love marriage when she decided to tie the knot with fellow opthalmologist Dr Gopal Krishna Modi. The two married in 1999 had a clinic cum residence at 16, Veer Durgadas Nagar in Pali, Rajasthan and have two children a five-year old boy and two and a half year old girl.

In her statement Dr Goyal said that the love took a downside after marriage and in recent years he had started misbehaving with her. Over the time he had extracted Rs 10 lakh from her father, an ex-serviceman. As she is the only child her husband took this as an opportunity to levy extraordinary demands, which became difficult for her family to fulfil. 

From June this year he started pressurising her to bring more money from her parents and took away her MBBS and MD degree certificates, credit card and other ID proofs including her marriage album. But the worst was yet to come.
Four days later in a fit of rage after she failed to fulfil her demands, Dr Modi dipped her hands in a utensil containing acid and tried to burn her to death.

Escaping the clutches of her husband she managed to arrive at her parents place at 30, Nayapura, Aerodrome, Road Indore but could not bring her children with her.

Police station in-charge Sarita Java said that a zero kayami has been made and case registered under sections of attempt to murder, forgery and dowry harassment. Similarly, Rajsri Sharma married to Mohandas Sharma of Sardar Nagar, Talwadi, Ahmedabad in April was harassed to the point of death despite her being a few months pregnant.

In her statement she alleged that her mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and other close relatives used to beat her like animals, leave her unattended without hospitalisation or medical care.

Recently they demanded Rs two lakh and when Rajsri said her parents will not be able to fulfill their demands, they beat her very badly and locked her up in a dingy room without food or water.

On September 8 she managed to phone her brother in Indore and told him about her condition on which he went to Ahmedabad but could not even recognise her as she was in a very bad physical state.

He brought her to Indore telling her in-laws that he was taking her to arrange the money which will be sent with her on her return.

Java said a zero kayami has been made and case registered under sections of illegal confinement, beating and dowry harassment.