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Woman Burnt Alive by Husband and In-Laws in Bengal Due to Her 'Dark Complexion'

Shrabani Maity, who was from Chakmokrampur in Kharagpur, succumbed to her burn injuries at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on Monday night.

Sujit Nath | News18

Updated:May 29, 2018, 8:14 PM IST
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Woman Burnt Alive by Husband and In-Laws in Bengal Due to Her 'Dark Complexion'
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Kolkata: A 23-year-old woman was allegedly burnt to death by her husband and in-laws in Bengal’s West Midnapore district allegedly because of her dark complexion.

Shrabani Maity, who was from Chakmokrampur in Kharagpur, succumbed to her burn injuries at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on Monday night.

Based on her father’s complaint, police arrested her husband Saurabh and his mother, Sumitra, on Tuesday.

“Her family members are alleging that she was burnt alive because of her dark complexion. Investigation is still on and we are trying to find out whether she was actually killed because of her skin colour or not,” Kharagpur ASP Y Raghubanshi said.

In March this year, Shrabani had given birth to a girl child and cops said they are trying to find out whether this was the reason behind her killing.

The incident has sent shock waves in her locality as her neighbours demanded stern action against her in-laws and husband. They also gathered in front of her house and raised slogans.

The victim’s father, Netai, alleged that the accused used to torture his daughter every day because of her complexion.

“It was an arranged marriage and initially everything was all right. But after a few months, they started beating her up over trivial issues. They also demanded dowry to compensate for her complexion,” he told News18.

He added, “Yesterday (on Monday) afternoon we got the news of her death from the neighbours. We rushed to the hospital to see her lying there with burn injuries all over her body. Kerosense had been poured over her. We want stern action against her in-laws and husband. They killed my daughter brutally.”

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