Engineer woman cremates father inside house,is held,let off

Cops recover half-burnt body,say her mother was cremated in same manner

Written by Express News Service | Surat | Published:September 11, 2012 4:48 am

Cops recover half-burnt body,say her mother was cremated in same manner

In a bizarre incident,a woman said to be mentally challenged tried to cremate her father inside their house after he died of age-related ailments. The incident took place in Valsad town on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Police said neighbours noticed flames coming out of the house on Sunday morning and informed them. Soon,fire brigade personnel reached the Parsiwad Bekuwa area and extinguished the flames,after which police sent the half-burnt body to the civil hospital for post-mortem. Later,the viscera was sent to the Surat Forensic Science Laboratory for further analysis.

Police said the post-mortem did not find any internal or external injury on the body,suggesting the death was natural.

Police had detained the women,but let her go after learning that she was reportedly mentally challenged.

As per details,Magan Rana (70) was not keeping well for the last few days and died on Saturday afternoon. His 40-year-old daughter Kaushika,a qualified engineer,reportedly did not allow anybody to see the body,which she tried to cremate using a mattress later that night.

Police said Kaushika’s mother Savita,who died in February,was also cremated inside the house by her family members.

“Magan and his family members were under the influence of a Vadodara-based guru who had advised them to cremate their family members at their home. When Savita died,she was also cremated at the house by Magan and Kaushika. Now,Kaushika acted as per the advice of their guru,” said Valsad police inspector A C Patel.

Police said Kaushika is not in good physical condition and she was found wearing dirty clothes. “We suspect Kaushika’s mental condition is not well. She is a well-educated lady. After doing civil engineering from Surat,she had worked for one year in a private firm. Later,she started staying at home,” Patel said.

According to Magan’s neighbours,Kaushika has two siblings. Her elder sister Saroj stays in Vadodara with her husband and children while her younger sister Deepika stays with her husband in New Jersy,the US. “Both Deepika and Saroj send money to the family for their monthly expenses. They mostly ate biscuits and bread. Saroj used to visit the family once every six months,” said a neighbour.

Police said Saroj and her husband came to Valsad on Sunday evening after they informed them about the incident.

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