The body of a married woman was discovered buried in a vacant plot in Greater Noida. This came two weeks after her brother had informed the police that he feared she had been killed by her in-laws over dowry.
The police have lodged an FIR based on the brother’s complaint and are currently investigating the case. However, a police official stated that in cases where marriages last over seven years, the charge of “dowry death” does not apply.
The body of Sarita (26) was found in Sector 155, Noida by locals who saw dogs nibbling on what appeared to be a human body buried shallowly in the ground, a day after heavy rains and thunderstorms. The locals informed the Knowledge Park police station after they spotted a woman’s cloth near the body.
Ashok Kumar Singh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Greater Noida), stated that the police immediately reached the spot and exhumed the body. Sarita’s brother had lodged an FIR under IPC sections 365 (abduction), 498A (husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty), and relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act against her husband and six relatives. The police have enlisted the help of a forensic team for the investigation, and the body has been sent for post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.
Raids are being conducted to arrest the individuals named in the FIR, and IPC Section 302 (murder) has been included in the case. The police are making efforts to apprehend the accused but no arrests have been made thus far.
In his complaint, Sarita’s brother stated that his sister was being harassed and tortured by her in-laws over additional dowry. He claimed that despite spending ₹10 lakh and giving a motorcycle to Sarita’s husband Joginder when they got married in 2015, her in-laws continued to taunt her regularly over dowry.
Narender Bhati further mentioned in his complaint that he had approached the police in March 2021 regarding his sister’s situation, but the matter was mediated and compromised by community elders.
Since March 8, 2023, Sarita’s phone had been unreachable, and when her brother inquired, her sister-in-law stated that she had “run away.” However, he was certain that his sister had been killed by her in-laws and requested that the police find her body and take appropriate action against the suspects.
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