Kendrapara: In a chilling incident, a 21-year-old woman was set on fire reportedly by her in-laws after failing to get dowry in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. Three of the five accused in the case were arrested on Monday.Also Read - Cyclone Asani Weakens Into Deep Depression; Odisha, Andhra And Bengal Brace For Heavy Rainfall
The five accused are known to have tied the women to a cot and set her ablaze after sprinkling kerosene on her. Also Read - Cyclone Asani: Group Of Fishermen Narrowly Escape After Their Boat Capsizes Off Odisha Coast | WATCH
The woman was rescued by the neighbours. She is currently battling for life at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack with 60 per cent burns. Also Read - Cyclone Asani to Trigger Heavy Rainfall in Parts of Andhra, Odisha, Bengal; to Recurve From Tomorrow: IMD
The woman’s husband is currently employed as a plumber in Oman and was not involved in the crime, police said. Her parents-in-law and sister-in-law were at large since the incident on Saturday and they were arrested on Monday.
Two other accused – her another sister-in-law and her husband – are absconding. Quoting from the complaint filed in this regard, a police official said the woman was tortured for dowry by her in-laws since her marriage in June, 2018.
(With agency inputs)