Parents lit daughter’s pyre at her in-laws’ house
Mandi: In a peculiar incident highlighting lack of faith in the country’s justice delivery system, family of a girl who allegedly committed suicide, forcibly lit her pyre in the courtyard of her in-laws on Saturday evening.
The victim, Anjana (23) of village Manjhrotu under Nachan Vidhan Sabha of Sundernagar sub-division in Himachal Pradesh, had died at PGI, Chandigarh, on Wednesday, after she received burn injuries due to a blast in a kitchen stove. The incident sparked off resentment in her parental village in Bilaspur district from where about 600 angry villagers traveling in trucks, cars, tractors and two-wheelers and mobbed the village of her in-laws. They then carried her body to their courtyard and carried out cremation amidst slogan shouting against the administration. Seeing the huge crowd, the villagers had already left their homes fearing violence. The situation remained tense till the cremation was over.
Even the police were taken unawares. Two reserves of police were immediately called to deal with the situation. The SDM and police senior officials also rushed to the village. The force and the officials arrived one-and-a-half hour after the pyre had been lit. However, no untoward incident took place and after cremation people dispersed and returned peacefully to their village in district Bilaspur.
It had been reported that Anjana had sustained over 85 per cent burn injuries after a stove burst at her in-laws’ house, and was immediately rushed to PGI. The father of Anjana, however, alleged in a complaint made to the police, as confirmed by the SDM, that her in-laws had been mentally torturing her since her marriage. He alleged that it was not an accidental fire, but she was forced to commit suicide. After the complaint, police registered a case under sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code.
On the cross-complaint of the in-laws, a case has been registered against the parents of Anjana for carrying out her cremation in their courtyard and hurting their religious feelings. Anjana had been married Deju Ratan of Manjhrotu village about a year back. She has left behind a 4-month-old daughter.