Woman, baby daughter burned alive by in-laws who wanted son

A 25-year-old BTech graduate Pravartika Gupta and her baby daughter were allegedly burnt alive by her husband and in-laws at Delhi's Sarojini Nagar area. In a country where 8,000 women are killed each year over dowry and rapes occur rampantly everyday, the case serves to further highlight India's chilling attitude towards its women.

News reports indicated that the duo had been set on fire because of an issue over dowry, and also because the husband's family had wanted the couple's first child to be a son.

Pravartika succumbed to her injuries at Safdarjung hospital on Sunday.

Pravartika Gupta. Pic courtesy Facebook.

The 13-month-old daughter, who suffered 55 % burns is in critical condition at the hospital, Hindustan Times reported.

The incident occurred on 6 October.

After Pravartika's death, the Sarojini Nagar police, which had registered a case of harrassment against her husband and in-laws  added section 304 B (dowry death) in the case and arrested her mother-in-law Sushma. Her husband is allegedly absconding.

Pravartika had married her husband Ashutosh about two years ago.

Ashutosh is a manager in an event management company in Gurgaon, while his father Ram Mohan Gupta is an assistant engineer with NDMC.


Published Date: Oct 17, 2012 13:54 PM | Updated Date: Oct 17, 2012 13:54 PM