A 24-year-old woman died after she allegedly committed suicide by burning herself at her residence in Dahisar (W), three days ago. Her family, however, claims that the victim, Urmila Choudhary was burnt by her in-laws. The MHB colony police, has arrested Urmila’s in-laws and husband for abetment to suicide, harassment and cruelty under the Dowry Act. Urmila, who had been undergoing treatment in a hospital in Kandivali, succumbed to 90 per cent burns on Monday.
API Tukaram Rathod, of the MHB colony police said, “We have made the arrest based on the statements given by the family. Prima facie, it looks like a case of suicide. We will take necessary actions and add additional sections, if investigations reveal that she was burnt.” The arrested are her husband Rambaran Choudhary (27), father-in-law Harihar Prasad Choudhary (49), and mother-in-law Sumitra Devi (40). While Urmila was a housewife, her husband works in a construction firm.
Urmila lived with her husband and in-laws in Kandarpada in Dahisar. She was married in June 2010, and according to her parents’ claims, she had been tortured and harassed by the husband and in-laws for more than a year. Her brother Rajendra Choudhary said, “She was mentally and physically tortured by them as she failed to conceive. They used to bully her and make her do all the household chores and frequently beat her up. We got to know of this very recently. She was very distressed because of this.”
He also alleged that her in-laws poured kerosene and burnt her. “It is not a case of suicide. They killed our girl. Urmila had told this to us when she was admitted. We hope the police charge them for murder,” added Choudhary.