Woman given acid to drink, dies

February 29th, 2008 - 11:12 pm ICT by admin  

Ghaziabad, Feb 29 (IANS) A 30-year-old housewife died here after she was brutally beaten up by her husband and in-laws demanding more dowry and then given acid to drink instead of water. Mamta, a resident of Shaheed Nagar locality of this city, was assaulted by her husband Satish and other members of the family on Wednesday night. They demanded that she ask her parents for more money. When she collapsed half-conscious from the beating and asked for water, the husband’s family gave her acid to drink. She died in hospital later.

The police have registered a criminal case against the husband, the father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

According to the police, Mamta, who belonged to Garh Mukteswar in Uttar Pradesh, was married to Satish in 2001. Her husband began harassing her for dowry right thereafter. But Mamta pleaded that her parents were small farmers and could not give more money.

But Satish, whose small shop was not doing well, kept harassing her for money. The couple had three children - Manish (6), Shivam (5) and Beenu (3).

Mamta was taken to Delhi’s Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, where she died Thursday night. Her brother Niwas Singh filed a complaint with the police.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Circle Officer S.P. Singh told IANS that all the accused were absconding.

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