Dowry deaths continue to haunt Kerala: 19-year-old woman harassed by in-laws found dead
Days after a woman ended her life due to dowry harassment, another case of dowry death has come to light from the state. Reportedly, a 19-year-old woman, who was being pressured for dowry by her in-laws, was found dead nearly three months after her marriage. The family of the deceased has alleged that she was murdered.
The deceased was identified as Suchithra. Suchithra got married to Vishnu on March 21. Suchithra's family had given 51 sovereigns of gold and a car as dowry to her. The gold and four-wheeler, however, was not enough for the teenager's in-laws and they demanded more.
Woman's in-laws wanted Rs 10 lakh as dowry
The woman's father-in-law had demanded a car and later, had asked for Rs 10 lakh. The woman's father Sunil had promised her in-laws that he would give the money after receiving his pension. He added, "However, soon after the wedding, the groom’s family started demanding again, saying they need money urgently for Vishnu’s sister. "
Allegedly, Suchithra was harassed by her mother-in-law after she demanded that gold ornaments be kept in the locker. Suchithra's mother-in-law allegedly mortgaged some of the ornaments. Suchithra's mother told Asianet News, "She even called me one day, crying, asking why we gave her gold as there are problems in the house in the name of gold (as the family kept demanding it. "
'She does not even know how to tie a proper knot, then how can she do this'
Vishnu, who is a soldier, had gone back to Jharkhand around a month-and-a-half of his wedding, leaving his wife with his parents. Suchithra's parents alleged that she could not take her own life. Her mother said, "She does not even know how to tie a proper knot, then how can she do this? Aren’t girls also humans?…why do everyone do this to girls...my daughter had a long life ahead... "
Station house officer (SHO) Mithun D. A said that a case has been registered for unnatural death and more sections will be added during the probe of the case.