19-Year-Old Newlywed Burnt To Death For Dowry In Haryana


Dowry death is considered one of the most violent act against women.

Zeba Khan, a lawyer based in New Delhi specializing in women’s issue asserted that although it’s illegal, the dowry system is still prevalent in the country.

Yet another dowry murder has come to the fore/light.

Almost every other day such cases continue to scare us and remain a commonplace with tragic consequences.

Failing to meet the dowry demands, a 19 year old victim Komal was brutally burnt to death.

The incident occurred in Bataur village in Barwala which is nearly 20 km distant from Panchkuka district headquarters in Haryana.

The victim, a native of Karnak had tied a knot with Ravinder, a resident of Bataur, in June.

The victim’s father, Sukhbir Singh, 42, a daily wager, informed police that the couple got engaged last year.

However, the engagement was called off as the groom’s family started demanding a hefty dowry which the poor father could not afford.
But destiny had its own plans as Komal allegedly eloped with Ravinder and they got married in a temple.

Both the families had reached a compromise at the Nisang village police station in Karnal, informed Barwala police post in charge assistant sub inspector, Rishi Pal.

The marriage went on for a while until she was harassed by her husband and in-laws for a massive dowry. Komal called her father 15 days back complaining about the same.
Sukhbir, however, consoled her that he’d try his best to make the arrangements but couldn’t do so.

On Monday, one of Sukhbir’s relatives received a call from Karnal police station and Komal had been allegedly burnt and was undergoing treatment at Post Graduate institute of Medical education and research, Chandigarh.

The family was then informed that the victim had succumbed to the injuries while being treated at the hospital.

Dowry has become a major issue with hundreds of women being murdered everyday in some or other part of India.

While the government has put a strict rule in place, this continues to go on unabated.

Original Source & Image: Hindustan Times
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Anjani Malik
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