Woman confined in bathroom for three years for dowry in Bihar
DARBHANGA: In a shocking case of human cruelty, a
25-year-old married woman was allegedly kept confined in a bathroom for the
last three years by her husband and in-laws for not meeting their dowry
demands, police said on Monday.
The victim was rescued yesterday by police from a
house in Rambagh locality of Darbhanga town, around 140km north east of Patna. Women
police station SHO Seema Kumari found her in tattered clothes, unkempt dry hair
and with overgrown nails.
“The woman could barely open her eyes in the sunlight,
as she had survived in darkness and dim light, closeted in the small space.
Though married, she had neither vermillion on her head nor ‘'bindi’ on her
forehead,” Kumari said.
“The woman revealed that she was thrown into the
bathroom and locked there. She was not allowed to see her child, and given
leftover food irregularly. It was as if her in-laws were seeking revenge for
not bringing ample dowry and for giving birth to a girl child,” the SHO said.
The woman hails from Patsan village in Andrathadi police
station area in Darbhanga district. She was married to one Prabhat Kumar Singh
in 2010. Soon after the wedding, her husband and in-laws allegedly started
torturing her for more dowry, police said.
The torture increased when the dowry demands were not
met and peaked when she gave birth to a girl child. “She was never allowed to
go to meet her parents. When her relatives visited Darbhanga to meet her, they
were dissuaded or shooed away. She was also barred from interacting with
anybody from outside,” Kumari said.
“She immediately asked for her three-year-old daughter
and wept inconsolably when the child could not recognize her,” the SHO said.
The woman was rescued after much effort by her father
Shyam Sundar Singh, who had finally complained to Darbhanga SSP Kumar Ekle, who
in turn instructed the woman inspector to pursue the case immediately.
The police have registered an FIR against the women’s
husband, father-in-law Dhirendra Singh and mother-in-law Indra Devi and have
taken them into custody.