A 21-year-old woman suffered serious burns after her husband and in-laws allegedly poured a pot of boiling water on her for failing to get Rs 50,000 in dowry. The incident took place in Old Malda police station area Friday.
Doctors treating Rehana Biwi said she has suffered around 70 per cent burns and that her condition was critical.
Rehana’s family alleged that her husband, 34-years-old Azad Sheikh, a resident of Moulpur village in Malda, and in-laws had been harassing her for days for dowry. “Since her marriage, her husband and in-laws would routinely torture her, they’d beat her and demand that she bring money. At the time of the marriage, she had been given Rs 15,000, gold ornaments and other valuables. But Azad demanded more,” said her brother Arajul Sheikh.
Police said, Rehana was cooking Friday morning when another altercation over dowry broke out between her and Azad. “The husband began beating her. In a fit of rage, he took a pot of boiling water and poured it on to his wife,” they said.
Neighbours rushed Rehana to the Malda Medical College and Hospital, police said. Rehana, a resident of Jotepur village in Old Malda had got married to Azad five years ago. The couple have a three-year-old daughter and a nine-month-old son. Police said that a complaint has been filed at Old Malda police station against Azad, his father and another member of the family.
Sayed Walkar Raja, the superintendent of police, Malda said that a probe has been started and the police are presently “in search of the husband and his family”.