In a case of domestic violence and demand of dowry from husband, a young woman in Ganderbal district has been thrashed and humiliated so much to compel her to go to police. Shagufta Akhtar, 30, daughter of Ghulam Muhammad Zargar of Safapora, Ganderbal was married to Javaid Ahmad Bhat son of Muhammad Afzal Bhat in November last year. Just four months into the marriage, Shagufta, the Post Graduate in Urdu from MANUU, was compelled to rush back to her parents after “being repeatedly beaten up” by her husband and in-laws. “My husband, who is an ReT, was demanding dowry of Rs 20 lakh as he was telling me that he has to open up his own private school,” Shagufta told KNS. She said that her parents could not afford to pay such a huge dowry as “my father has to marry off three other daughters.” “My husband, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law treated me inhumanly in these four months. I had no right, no human value there,” she said. She said that her husband would ask for bringing gifts and money whenever her relatives invited the couple. She and her parents were compelled to complaint to police. “I am four months pregnant and my husband and in-laws beat me and wanted to kill my foetus,” she said. Police has lodged first information report Sections 498-A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt). However, the Shagufta and her parents said that police was “not playing a fair role.” They worried family that police arrested the brother of Shagufta’s husband and released him after he got bail from a local court. “The police has not arrested the husband and other in-laws when they too are accused and main culprits in thrashing me,” Shagufta said. Police said that the brother of Javaid has been arrested on the same day (Sunday) when the woman complained to them. “We have registered a case against the accused family, and have arrested the brother of Javaid. Other accused family members got anticipatory bail from the court and thus they could not be arrested as we have to abide by the law,” Station House Officer, Ganderbal, Mir Asif Iqbal told KNS. The police officer said that police is investigating the case. “We are investigation the case fairly, and we will produce a challan against the accused in the court very soon,” the SHO said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch