Imagine how brutal and gory the situation that would be when a 21-year-old woman’s hands tied to the cot and she being set on fire at her own house.
The cruelty was at its zenith when the in-laws of Rashmita Das poured kerosene on her body and set her ablaze after tying her in the bed.
The attempt was made to kill her by setting fire when she was on her way to father’s house. She was wearing some gold ornaments against the wishes of in-laws who used to torture her for not brining dowry.
Her fault, she had not brought adequate dowry as demanded by her in-laws.
Rasmita of Dhaneswarpur was married to Bikram of Bardia village under Rajnagar police station area in 2018. Bikram was a plumber and presently working in Oman in the Gulf. They had married in 2018.
Police said Rashmita has sustained 60 per cent burn in her body and now battling for survival at SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack.
“They (In-laws) tried to kill my sister by setting her on fire. I want justice for my sister,” said Rashmita’s sister, Sasmita.
The incident happened on 1 February, when Rashmita was preparing to visit her parents house. However, Rashmita’s in-laws started abusing her for wearing gold ornaments and tried to kill her by setting her on fire.
Police have arrested her father-in-law, mother-in-law and a sister-in-law. Even as two other in-laws are still absconding, police officials said.
The incident has sent a shock wave across the state as the people ponder how could a family so cruel to their daughter-in-law for not bring dowry?
The women activist Rutuparna Mohanty said the police must arrest two other in-laws and thoroughly inquire into whether Rashmita’s husband though lives in Oman, has a hand behind the incident or not.
The incident is not less than the burning alive a woman doctor in Hyderabad recently where four accused were shot dead in an encounter by police.
The act of the in-laws has also raised question on the safety of women in their in-laws house.
The State Government, particularly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, must rise to occasion and ensure an exemplary punishment for the cruel family that dared to set Rashmita on fire.