Kolkata: In what may be called a shocking act of cruelty, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly burnt by her husband and in-laws in Old Malda police station area on Friday.
The report published in Indian Express said that Rehana Biwi's husband Azad Sheikh poured boiling water on her after she failed to get Rs 50,000 cash in dowry. The doctors treating her said that the victim has suffered at least 70 per cent burn injuries and is said to be in a critical state.
Her family has alleged that Rehana's husband and in-laws had been torturing her for days over dowry and beat her regularly. According to one of her family members, they had given Rs 15,000, gold ornaments and other valuables to Rehana's in-laws but they started demanding more after the marriage.
On Friday, another altercation over dowry demand broke out between Rehana and Azad. In a fit of rage, he took a pot of boiling water and poured over her. She was rushed to a nearby hospital after neighbours heard her screaming in pain.
Rehana was married to Azad five years ago. They have two children.
Police have registered a complaint against her husband Azad, 34, and her in-laws.
(Inputs from Indian Express)