Dowry torture whiff in Odisha woman’s death

Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Kesinga, Aug 23:

Police today seized the body of a newly married woman allegedly killed for dowry from a village under Kesinga police limits in Odisha’s Kalahandi district.

Acting on a complaint filed by the deceased Rosy Sahu’s father Mohan Sahu alleging that his daughter, who was married to Baiv Sahu of Balsi village in March this year, was beaten up and killed for dowry, police seized the body in the presence of a magistrate. The post-mortem of the body of the deceased was later done at the Kesinga hospital, police said.

Mohan said that at the time of his daughter’s marriage, he had given everything he could as dowry. He alleged that his daughter was being subjected to torture by her in-laws, who were demanding an additional Rs 50,000 towards dowry.

“They have killed my daughter as I failed to meet their demand,” said the distraught father of the deceased.

However, Rosy’s husband Baiv has denied allegations made by his father-in-law.

“We had all gone to sleep after taking our dinner last night. While I tried to wake her up from her sleep in the night, she didn’t wake up. Since she suffered from fits, I felt that she might have lost her senses due to the attack of the disease. It was only later that I found she was dead,” said Baiv.

“We are investigating the matter. Post-mortem has been completed. Everything will be revealed in the course of investigations,” said Ramakrushna Pati, IIC, Kesinga.

However, no one had been arrested in the matter at the time of filing this report.

This is the second dowry related death in Kesinga area in the last five days. Four days back, a newly married woman Nisha of ward no. 8 of Kesinga town was allegedly burnt to death for dowry. Two such incidents in quick succession has become the talk of the town in the area.

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