Indian wife and her baby daughter burned to death by husband because he wanted a son

In Nigeria the men pay a bride price and some of them wind up making their wives earn every last penny but even so in some parts, its not essential. It also depends on how money-grabby your prospective in laws are, however I am yet to hear that anybody ever got murdered in such horrific circumstances for not paying up (marriage is too precious, we don’t want our daughter/sister being made a widow do we?).

Anyway, apparently one of the reasons daughters are abhorred in places like India is because of the dowry they have to pay the men who eventually marry them (why such a horrible culture won’t be done away with considering how terribly women suffer as a result, beats me).

The lady in this story committed 3 offences. She was born female, could not finish paying her dowry and topped it off by giving birth to a baby girl. Well, she paid for the insult with her life.

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  • Annu Devi,  22, burned to death while breastfeeding her daughter
  • Husband  Gunjan Masat poured fuel over the pair before lighting it
  • Masat then  allegedly moved the still-living Devi close to a fire to make it look like she  had accidentally set herself on fire
  • Mother and  baby were discovered the next morning with 90 per cent  burns
  • They were  taken to hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival
  • Devi’s  father claims in-laws became angry when she gave birth to a  girl

By Chris Pleasance

A young Indian mother has been burned to  death along with her infant daughter by her husband and in-laws for failing to  pay dowry.

Police in eastern Indian state of Jharkhand  said 22-year-old Annu Devi was set ablaze while she was breastfeeding her  daughter.

They have now arrested her husband, Gunjan  Masat, who allegedly poured fuel over Devi and her baby daughter before setting  them on fire.

Annu Devi, 22, (far right) was burned to death in India by her husband and in-laws in a dispute over dowry which started when she gave birth to a girl

Annu Devi, 22, (far right) was burned to death in India  by her husband and in-laws in a dispute over dowry which started when she gave  birth to a girl

Gunjan Masat, Devi's husband, allegedly poured kerosene over her while she was breastfeeding her baby daughter before setting the pair alight. They were taken to hospital (pictured) but died on arrival
Gunjan Masat, Devi’s husband, allegedly poured kerosene  over her while she was breastfeeding her baby daughter before setting the pair  alight. They were taken to hospital (pictured) but died on arrival

According to Raghuni Rana, Devi’s father, the  couple were happily married for more than a year, but problems started after Ms  Devi gave birth to a baby girl.

Devi's mother-in-law holds the body of her grand-daughter who was also burned to death in the attack

Devi’s mother-in-law holds the body of her  grand-daughter who was also burned to death in the attack

Mr Rana told police: ‘They wanted a son, but  didn’t realize that giving birth to a girl was not Devi’s fault.

‘They started harassing and torturing her  till things reached this pass when they decided to end her life.’

Mr Rana added: ‘Now they were demanding a TV  set and a motorcycle. I had already given them two bighas (1.6 acres) of land in  dowry.’

To pass off her murder as an accident, the  accused made the badly burned Devi sit beside a fireplace and placed a water  container over it.

Early in the morning on January 30, a local  spotted Ms Devi and her daughter lying in a courtyard at the house, still alive  despite suffering 90 per cent burns.

The mother-daughter duo were rushed to the  nearest hospital but the doctors declared them dead on arrival.

Devi’s brother-in-law, who has also been  accused in the police complaint, is still at large.

Calling it a heinous crime, Superintendent of  Police, Nirmal Kumar Mishra,  said: ‘All the accused will be arrested and  prosecuted according to the  law.’

Dowry is one of the reasons why boys are  preferred over girls in Indian culture. Thousands of girls are aborted every  year after ultrasound scans reveal the sex of the foetus.

Masat allegedly set Devi alight in the courtyard of this house, before allegedly placing her still-living body next to a fireplace to make it look like an accident

 Masat allegedly set Devi alight in the courtyard of this  house, before allegedly placing her still-living body next to a fireplace to  make it look like an accident
Gunjan Masat has been arrested, while his father Mahendra Basat (pictured), was interrogated. His other son has also been named on the police complaint but is on the run

Gunjan Masat has been arrested, while his father  Mahendra Basat (pictured), was interrogated. His other son has also been named  on the police complaint but is on the run

A woman is killed over dowry ‘every hour’ in  India, according to the data released by the country’s National Crime Records  Bureau.

‘8,233 young women, many of them new brides,  were killed in so-called ‘dowry deaths’ in 2012,’ the report said last  year.

Domestic violence largely motivated by dowry  demands is very common in the area, but killing of Ms Devi along with her baby  girl has shocked the locals.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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