Monday July 9, 2012
Tortured and raped after family fails to pay her dowry
Compiled by ALLISON LAI, JOSEPH KAOS Jr and A. RAMAN
A 21-YEAR-OLD woman was repeatedly raped and tortured by her husband's relatives and friends after her family failed to pay her dowry, reported Tamil Nesan.
The victim, Seema, who hails from Madhdevra village, was sold off for Rs50,000 (RM2,860).
Her ordeal started soon after she married Anand Kurmi in 2005, when both he and his relatives started harassing her for the Rs1lakh (RM5,720) dowry from her parents.
Seema was then forced to live among the livestock in her husband's village, where she was raped by one of his friends.
After informing her father of her plight, Seema was brought back home, where she subsequently lodged a report with the police.
Her husband and his relatives have since been arrested for assault, torture, rape and dowry harassment.
> Makkal Osai reported that a man took poison in a police station in Thirumullaivoyal, Tamil Nadu, after his wife refused to come back to him.
Arun, 21, from Vellore, had moved into a house at Kattupakkam after marrying his colleague Manimegalai, 18, of Tirunelveli, in May.
However, his wife did not return after her parents took her home for a festival on July 1.
Arun drank poison and was rushed to the hospital, where he is said to be recovering.
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