Despite stringent laws against dowry harassment, there are several cases registered in City.
Despite stringent anti-dowry laws which make it a non-bailable offence, tragic deaths of hapless women are occurring in the City. In the last four days alone three women committed suicide, a fourth one is battling for life in hospital, and in another instance, a heart-broken father killed himself — all due to dowry harassment.
Naheeda Begum committed suicide by hanging herself at her in-laws’ house in Meraj Nagar, Borabanda. The 23-year-old woman was married to Syed Hussamuddin only 14 months ago and her parents had given them some gold and `7,000. Soon after marriage the woman was allegedly tortured mentally and physically for more dowry. Based on parental complaints, the Sanatnagar police has booked a case against the in-laws.
In another case, Anjum Fatima killed herself by consuming poison at her home in Asadbaba Nagar in Kishanbagh. Anjum had lost her father a few years ago and had been working as a domestic help. Her wedding had been fixed by her mother and her uncle. However, the groom’s family demanded a bike, cash, and gold, which the bride’s family could ill afford.
In a separate incident, T Nagakrishna Soumya, an IT professional hanged herself to death. The 26-year-old woman had been married to T Venkatramna only 5 months ago and her parents had given `5 lakh, gold and other articles at the time of marriage. Her husband who wanted to move to UAE demanded that her parents meet the expenses, which they couldn’t afford.
K Shanta of Borabanda faced a similar predicament when her mother-in-law Yadamma and sister-in-law Prabha harassed her for dowry. The 33-year-old woman set herself on fire and is currently battling for life with 60 per cent burns.
The burden of dowry harassment often takes a toll on the girl’s parents as well. Mohd Jeelani of Sanathnagar was unable to see his daughter Shabnam being tortured by her husband and in-laws for additional dowry. Heart-broken, he consumed poison and died.
While cases have been booked, the practice continues to prevail.
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