Though marriage is from 2007 and it is approximately 10 years now, and it is not covered by section 304B of IPC, and the police initially seem to have requested a proper medical report, once this man sent a tweet to the minister, and the minister interfere, the husband and his father seem to have been arrested, and the police is trying to nab other accused !!!
Tweet leads to arrest
Patna, March 28: A man from Uttar Pradesh seeking justice for his dead sister found help from Union minister Maneka Gandhi after he tweeted to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Khushpura village (in UP’s Balia district) resident Krishna Kumar’s sister Rani Kumari was allegedly set on fire by her in-laws at their home in Buxar district’s Sohanpatti on March 7. The 30-year-old woman received over 90 per cent burn injuries, and died in a Varanasi hospital – where her sister’s relatives, who also live in Buxar, had rushed her – on the night of March 11.
The next day, Rani’s family told cops at the Town police station in Buxar, around 140km west of Patna, that Rani’s in-laws – a business family – had been harassing her for dowry ever since she married Buxar town resident Ajay Kumar Patwa in 2007. Rani’s father Achchelal Patwa alleged that his daughter’s in-laws were harassing her for a new refrigerator.
The father requested the police officers at least four times to lodge a dowry death complaint but they didn’t, alleged Krishna (27), an MBA degree holder who works in Delhi.
“The Buxar Town police officials demanded a statement from the magistrate and medical report before lodging the complaint,” said Achchelal.
When there was still no progress in the case, Krishna tweeted on March 24, tagging the account of the Prime Minister’s Office: “@PMOIndia Sir! My sis has been burnt to death by her in laws for dowry. FIR is still not lodged. What should I do?”
Maneka, the Union women and child development minister, replied to the tweet: “Extremely sorry to hear about your loss, dear @Krishna60274940. Please DM me your contact number.”
DM stands for direct message on Twitter. A Twitter user can only DM someone who “follows” the user.
A call from a senior women and child development ministry official to the Buxar police chief enquiring about the incident led to the arrest of Rani’s husband Ajay (35) and her father-in-law Ram Prasad Patwa (50) yesterday.
“The local police not only failed to initiate any action against the accused but also refused to entertain the complaint which my father submitted to the police station a day after the incident,” Krishna (27) told The Telegraph over phone on Tuesday. “Our efforts to contact the Buxar superintendent of police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma also went in vain.”
Krishna alleged that the trauma for her sister started just 10 days after the wedding, and more recently she was beaten up for asking for milk her three-year-old daughter. “Had I lodged a complaint at the police station then, my sister would have been alive today,” he lamented.
He demanded that the police nab the three other accused – Manju Devi (mother-in-law) Poonam Patwa (sister-in-law) and Sonu Patwa (brother-in-law) – who are absconding.
Buxar police officials were tight-lipped about why the complaint was not lodged initially. District SP Sharma, however, admitted that his office had received a call from the Union ministry, and confirmed the arrest of Ajay and his father. “Efforts are on to nab other accused in the case,” the SP said.
Buxar Town police station house officer Raghav Dayal said the accused have been booked under sections 304B (dowry death) and 498A (cruelty to a married woman) of the IPC.
Krishna alleged that no politician from Bihar responded to his pleas.
“I had tweeted to chief minister Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, seeking their intervention, but no help came,” Krishna said, adding that he had tweeted to new Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath as well.