A 23-year-old married woman was found dead at her residence in Lajpat Nagar in Ghaziabad on Thursday morning. While her in-laws claimed that she committed suicide, her family alleged that her in-laws murdered her for dowry.
The police have sent the body of the woman, Neha, for post-mortem. According to them, the woman was found dead on the floor with her dupatta hanging from the ceiling fan. A forensic team has also collected some samples from the spot
“Some fresh bruises have been found on her body though nothing can be concluded as of now. We have received a complaint from the victim’s family alleging murder by the in-laws. The case is being investigated and things will be clearer after the post-mortem report,” said Ashish Srivastava, circle officer (border).
The 23-year-old commerce graduate from Delhi University had married 29-year-old Nand Kishor on November 17, 2015. Kishor works at a private bank in Noida.
According to her mother, Jassi, it was a love marriage. “At the time of the marriage, the in-laws did not demand anything from us. However, they were unhappy with the way the wedding was done and taunted us that we should have spent more money on the wedding,” she said.
She alleged that for the past one month Neha’s mother-in-law and husband were pressurising her to give `5 lakh as the family planned to buy a flat in Noida for Rs 80 lakh.
“Neha would call me and tell me that her in-laws were troubling her. The family comprised her husband, mother-in-law and brother-in-law. They made her mortgage all her jewellery and some of my ornaments that I had given Neha on their demand,” said Jassi.
According to the police, the in-laws maintain that Neha committed suicide.
“An FIR has been lodged against the husband Nand Kishor, brother-in-law Jagdish Kumar and mother-in-law Kamla Devi under sections 304 B (dowry death), 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code and section 3 (4) (penalty for demanding dowry) of the Dowry Prohibition Act. The case is being investigated,” said Srivastava.