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Dowry harassment: Woman forced to abort seven times

JAIPUR: Thity two-year-old Pinki Sharma’s sordid tale is sure to set a new precedent in the several cases of dowry harassment reported in the state every year.

Pinki was allegedly forced by her in-laws to undergo abortions seven times over dowry demands in the Bali area of Pali district. Pinki has been married for 13 years. She had lodged an FIR with the local police against her in-laws, but dissatisfied with the probe, she later approached the district collector who has ordered a fresh inquiry into the case. .

She alleged that her husband married another woman after she was diagnosed with polio two years ago.

Pinki married one Mahendra on June 30, 1998. “After the marriage, my in-laws started harassing me for dowry. My husband was pursuing BEd and the in-laws said I would have to pay the course fee of Rs 60,000,” said Pinki, who is a B Ed degree holder.

The in-laws allegedly forced Pinki to stay with her parents saying that she could return only with the money. “Bowing to the demand, my father paid Rs 20,000 and sent me back,” she said.

Her in-laws forced her to undergo abortion at hospitals in Jodhpur, Phalana and Sojat City. “After the first three abortions, my in-laws murdered the fetus in the house only,” said Pinki.

Further bowing to her in-laws’ demands, her father paid the remaining Rs 40,000. “They allowed me to stay with my husband only on the condition that I would not conceive. But in 2008, I got bed-ridden due to polio and they threw me out of the house,” said Pinki. Later, she came to know that Mahendra had married another girl from Bhilwara.”They thought if a child was born, it would be more difficult to dump me,” she claimed.

Pinki then approached the police and registered an FIR. “We had investigated the matter and filed a chargesheet against her in-laws in the court recently. They were arrested and are presently out on bail,” said Mohan Lal, DySP who investigated the case as circle officer of Bali. He is currently deputed in the excise department’s enforcement wing.

Not satisfied with the probe, she approached district collector Niraj K Pawan, who then directed sub-divisional magistrate of Bali Lalchand Pareek to investigate the matter. “The victim is demanding compensation and a fresh probe by the police. I have asked the police to look into the matter again,” said Pareek.

Read more: Dowry harassment: Woman forced to abort seven times – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Dowry-harassment-Woman-forced-to-abort-seven-times/articleshow/7471671.cms#ixzz1DfRt9KZE

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