Woman burnt by in-laws, police fail to arrest accused

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur:
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2014 18:52 IST

The husband of a 25-year-old woman, who is battling for her life at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh after his mother and three uncles burnt her by pouring kerosene on her, has accused the district police of inaction.

Vikram Singh, husband of victim Sukhwant Kaur, alleged that the police failed to arrest his uncles three days after the registration of an FIR in Sunam police station. Vikram, a resident of Kudi Biggarwal road in Sunam, said the incident took place on October 9 when he was out for work.

"I got a call from my friend that my uncles Ranjeet Singh, Nishan Singh, Mahal Singh and mother Rajwant Kaur burnt my wife after pouring kerosene on her. I rushed home and took her to the Sunam hospital where the

doctors referred her to Sangrur. She was then referred to Rajindra hospital in Patiala from where the doctors told me to shift her to Chandigarh as her condition is critical and she has 70-80% burns," Vikram said.

Vikram said he married Sukhwinder six years ago but did not have a child. "My mother does not like my wife. She asked me to marry again but I refused. My mother, with my uncles who are eyeing my one-and-a-half acres of agricultural land, tried to kill my wife. Soon after the incident, I filed a complaint, but the police did nothing to arrest my uncles," he said.

Police station incharge Jitender Pal Singh said, "All the accused have been booked under Section 307 of the IPC. Police have arrested the mother-in-law of the woman while others are absconding." Sunam DSP could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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