In yet another case of dowry deaths in Delhi this month, a 28-year-old woman was allegedly beaten, strangled to death and then burned to make it look like suicide, reported Indian Express.
A police officer told IE, "When we reached the house, we saw her charred body. Her tongue was sticking out, and the front portion of her body was on fire."
The body has been sent for post-mortem examination. The police said that they suspect that the woman was strangulated and her body was set on fire to make it look like a suicide.
Police sources told IE that the nature of the burns, covering the front of the body, were inconsistent with the burns typically seen in cases of self-immolation.
The victim, identified as a Chanchal, moved to Delhi's Gautam Budh Nagar area after getting married, five years ago. Her parents claim that she had been getting harassed by her in-laws for dowry.
The matter was brought to the attention of the police on Monday morning when a neighbour called the police control room (PCR) on hearing the woman's screams.
A case has been lodged under section 304 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the police on the basis of the complaint filed by Chanchal's family.
The police claim that they have questioned the victim's mother-in-law, since her husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law are absconding. She has denied any involvement in the matter. However, the police is now investigating the case further.
This is the third case of a dowry death in Delhi in recent times.
Scarcely a week ago, on 21 August, 28-year-old Deepensha Sharma from Greater Noida allegedly committed suicide due to growing demands for dowry and harassment by her husband's family. Her father too claimed that Deepensha's in-laws had been physically and mentally torturing her for dowry since the day of the marriage, three years ago.
A few days before that, on 18 August, the gruesome alleged murder of 24-year-old Parvinder Kaur from Vikaspuri had made headlines. In her dying declaration to a magistrate, Kaur had said that her husband and in-laws had set her on fire. Kaur's brother, Jasmeet Singh, alleged that they had killed his sister because he and his family were unable to cough up their latest demand of Rs 10 lakh.
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