The bodies of a 22-year-old woman and her one-year-old daughter were discovered at their home in Pataudi early Monday morning, said police. The woman’s father has accused her husband and in-laws of murder and also levelled dowry demand charges, but they have dismissed the allegations, police added.
While the woman, Neeru, was found hanging from a ceiling fan, her daughter, Sakshi, was discovered near a bucket of water in which she was reportedly drowned, said police. Neeru lived with her husband, Govind, and in-laws in Daulatbad Kuni village in Pataudi.
Neeru’s in-laws, Kundan and Sheila, claimed she killed her daughter before committing suicide, said police. Neeru’s in-laws claimed they found her hanging and their granddaughter’s body was discovered near the bucket outside their home, police added. Govind, who works with a private firm, claimed he was out on night duty, said police.
The family called the police around 5am. Neeru’s parents, who live in Alwar, Rajasthan, were informed. Neeru’s father, Mukesh Kumar, reached Pataudi and filed a case against her husband and in-laws at Pataudi police station.
“ They used to harass Neeru for dowry ever since she went to their house after marriage in 2014. Recently, they had been demanding Rs 50,000 from her. They killed her because she failed to give the money to them,” he alleged. He also alleged that Govind was involved in an extramarital affair. “He was involved with another woman. our daughter had told us about this when she came home earlier this month. We had tried to reason with him that he should not do all this. He said he would stop, but instead of doing that, he killed her,” Kumar alleged.
ACP Hawa Singh, PRO of Gurgaon Police, said, “We have registered a case against her husband and his parents under sections 304 B (dowry death), 302 (murder), 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. We will know more after the post-mortem report has been studied and investigations are conducted.”