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Woman sets self on fire over dowry dispute, dies

Press Trust of India  |  Gorakhpur (UP) 

A woman, allegedly fed up with demands from her husband and in-laws, set herself on fire in area here, police said Friday.

The woman's family, however, alleged her in-laws burnt her to death.

The woman in her 20s, Poonam Gupta, a resident of Laldiggi locality, was seen running in the street on Tuesday with her clothes set on fire. She was recorded in CCTV cameras in the area and the video later surfaced on

Locals rushed her to a where she died Wednesday night, police said.

According to Gorakhpur Senior of Police (SSP) Sunil Gupta, the woman in her dying declaration said she burnt herself after being harassed.

He said the action is being taken on the basis of the woman's statement.

An FIR was filed against nine people including the woman's husband and her in-laws and five of the accused have been arrested so far, the SSP said.

As per the FIR filed at police station, Poonam's husband, Alok Gupta, and her in-laws harassed her for failing to fulfil their demand of Rs 5 lakh in

"My daughter was married to in 2014 and they were not satisfied with the Later, they started demanding Rs 5 lakh," Poonam Gupta's mother said.

"She called me a few days ago and said that her in-laws were beating her for money. They burnt her for dowry," she alleged.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 20:40 IST
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