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Bihar woman killed for failing to clear Class 10 exam, accused husband held

Victim’s mother has complained to the police that besides seeking dowry, her son-in-law had threatened to kill her daughter if she failed to clear the exam this year.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2017 17:20 IST
Ruchir Kumar
Ruchir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
A case of dowry death has been registered at the Madanpur police station in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.
A case of dowry death has been registered at the Madanpur police station in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.(Subodh Kumar / HT photo)

A man allegedly killed his wife for failing to clear Bihar board Class 10 examinations in the state’s Aurangabad district.

Lakhpatia Kunwar, mother of the deceased, in her complaint to the police, said her son-in-law Indrajit Paswan, 22, had poisoned her daughter Soni Devi, 21, after she flunked the exam.

The accused, himself an intermediate (Class 12) pass, is a daily wager. He was arrested on Tuesday on charges of culpable homicide, police said.

Devi, who wrote the exam from upgraded high school Neura, in Aurangabad, had failed to clear the exam last year too.

Kunwar, in her complaint, claimed that besides seeking dowry, Paswan had threatened to kill Devi if she failed to clear the exam this time too.

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) declared the results on June 22.

Kunwar recollected that Devi had called her on June 24 to inform that her husband had brought home poison that day.

The next day, she found her daughter dead when she went visiting her to Kosdihra village in the district, 141 kms south-west of Patna.

Though she complained to the police the same day, a formal complaint was registered only on Monday.

Confirming the incident, Aurangabad superintendent of police, Satyaprakash, said, “We have arrested the accused. The details of the case are with the station house officer (SHO) of Madanpur police station.”

SHO Subhash Rai, told the Hindustan Times over phone, “We arrested the prime accused on Tuesday after receiving a complaint from the victim’s mother. We have slapped charges of dowry death and concealment of body against him.”

“The couple had a fight before the wife was allegedly killed. The two had married only last year and did not have any children,” he said.

Rai said the complainant had also alleged that Paswan used to demand dowry ever since he married Devi last year.

Devi was cremated before the police could register a complaint. As such, the police could not conduct post-mortem examination of the body.

Around 8.61 lakh students (49.88%) out of the 17,23,911 lakh examinees failed to clear the test despite the Bihar board awarding eight grace marks this year.

The pass percentage of students, however, showed a marginal improvement from 46.64% last year to 50.12% this year. The exams were held between March 1 and 8.

First Published: Jun 28, 2017 13:25 IST

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