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Dowry: Woman accuses husband, in-laws of torture

punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2012 15:15 IST
HT correspondent

A local resident on Tuesday accused her husband and in-laws of harassing and thrashing her for giving birth to a girl child and bringing "inadequate" dowry.

Sonia Malhotra, 27, who got married to jeweller Suraj Malhotra, 30, in April 2011, was brought to the local civil hospital with injuries on her legs and arms on Monday evening. The city police, however, are yet to register an FIR in the case despite a complaint being lodged against the accused on Monday night.

Talking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday, Sonia said her father, Prem Arora, had fulfilled all demands made by her in-laws at the time of marriage. She alleged that barely a week after marriage, her in-laws started harassing her for not bringing a car in dowry.

Sonia said her in-laws, residents of Bikrampura here, got upset when she gave birth to a girl on May 2 this year. "They had wanted a boy," she claimed.

"When I returned to my in-laws' house after delivery, they called up my father and asked him to take me back to my parental house in Basti Guzan here. He arrived and took me back just a week after I gave birth," Sonia added.

She stated that on August 19, her in-laws unexpectedly asked her to come back.
"I came back the same day. However, on Monday morning, my in-laws beat me up with sticks, kicked me and threw me out of the house. I took shelter in the house of a neighbour. The latter informed my parents, who took me to the civil hospital," Sonia said.

Sonia's father Prem Arora said her husband and in-laws had been pressing him for a car. He said no action had been taken by the police on his complaint.

He demanded immediate arrest of the accused, including Suraj, the latter's parents Satish Malhotra and Chand Malhotra and two others.

When contacted, Kishan Dass, assistant sub-inspector, police division No. 3, admitted that the police had received a complaint from Sonia's family. He said no FIR had been registered so far as the woman's family had asked the police to wait for a while. Arora, however, said he had not made any such request. He alleged that it was the police who had asked his family to delay the FIR.