Tihar Deputy Superintendent arrested for trying to burn alive daughter-in-law

Deputy Superintendent of Tihar Jail, Gyan Singh, was on Thursday arrested on charges of attempting to murder his daughter-in-law in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi, police said.

PTI| Updated: Sep 18, 2014, 23:10 PM IST

New Delhi: A Deputy Superintendent of Tihar Jail, along with his son, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to burn alive his daughter-in-law for failing to meet dowry demands in Mahipalpur area of South Delhi.

Police said 50-year-old Gyan Singh and his son Nitin (27) tried to burn her alive last evening. The victim has sustained 65 per cent burn injuries and has been under treatment at Safdurjung hospital.

Singh and his son were arrested last night after the SDM recorded the statement of the victim.

"In her statement, the victim alleged that she was being harassed by her husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law for dowry. Last evening, Singh slit her wrist with a blade and they set her ablaze by pouring kerosene oil," said a senior police official.

"The duo has been arrested and booked under Section 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty)and 307 (Attempt to murder)/34 (common intention)of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Vasant Kunj (North) police station," he also said.

The victim's condition is serious but she is out of danger, police said.

Her brother alleged that she was being harassed by her in-laws for dowry for a long time.

"We are recording the statements of the victim's family members and further investigation is on," the official added.

Police said that Singh and Nitin have been sent to judicial custody.

According to Tihar authorities, both accused have been lodged in jail number 4.