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33-yr-old Pune woman sets herself on fire after domestic fight; dies

A native of Gujarat, the woman had been living with her husband since they had an arranged marriage nine years ago.

pune Updated: May 13, 2019 08:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Yogita Chetan Chaudhury,Udyognagar,DDT powder
The woman was identified as Yogita Chetan Chaudhury, 33, who lived with her husband in Udyognagar, Chinchwad and was in the final year of her medical studies. (HT Photo)

Three people and a doctor were booked by the Pimpri-Chinchwad police for domestic violence and abetment to suicide after the doctor’s wife died when she set herself on fire.

The woman was identified as Yogita Chetan Chaudhury, 33, who lived with her husband in Udyognagar, Chinchwad and was in the final year of her medical studies. The incident happened on Friday night at 9:30pm in which the woman and the husband, both suffered burns.

The woman had been in a fight with her in-laws and had ingested DDT powder, meant to kill ants, after mixing it with water. She had also purchased kerosene from a nearby store on the evening of the incident, the police said. After consuming the poisonous powder, she called her husband. He rushed home from work and got into an argument, according to the woman’s complaint. During the argument, she doused herself in kerosene and set herself ablaze, the police said. “The doctor told us that the husband was burnt while trying to save her,” Bhimrao Shingade, senior police inspector, Chinchwad police station.

A native of Gujarat, the woman had been living with her husband since they had an arranged marriage nine years ago.

“She was undergoing treatment at Surya Hospital in Pune. Since she had suffered 100 per cent burns, we recorded a statement from her before she died. The husband is undergoing treatment for 20 per cent burns,” said senior PI Shingade.

The three accused were identified as Chetan Govind Chaudhury, husband; Rajani Govind Chaudhury, mother-in-law; and Govind Chaudhury, father-in-law, all residents of Chinchwad.

“She was pursuing the last year of a medical degree. We do not know when she finished the initial years; pre or post their marriage. They have a child and have been married for the past nine years,” said senior PI Shingade. A case under Sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 498(a) (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the three people at Chinchwad police station.

First Published: May 13, 2019 01:57 IST