Odisha: Woman ‘murdered’ by in-laws for dowry; husband arrested


Bhubaneswar, June 22 (IANS) A woman was allegedly murdered by her husband and in-laws for dowry in Odisha’s Nayagarh district, police said on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as Phina Pradhan (32), daughter of Panchu Pradhan of Itamati village.

Phina married Rocky Pradhan (39) of the same village in 2015. They have a six years old child. Since the marriage, Rocky and his family members were physically and mentally torturing Phina for dowry, alleged the deceased’s mother Panchu Pradhan.

The mother alleged that Rockey and his family members have killed his daughter as she is unable to pay them Rs 2 lakh.

“Upon getting information, I reached her in-law’s house and fainted after seeing her body. When I regained my senses, I found her final rites had already been performed,” he alleged.

Phina’s mother said, “Marriage of Rocky’s younger brother was held recently and his wife brought more dowry than Phina. So, they started demanding an additional Rs 2 lakh from us. But we are unable to fulfil their demand. So, they killed my daughter.”

A police official said that she was killed on June 19 night; and without informing them, her in-laws took her to the cremation ground and performed the last rites in haste with an intention to destroy evidence.

As per a complaint lodged by the victim’s father, a case has been registered at Itamati police station and arrested husband Rocky Pradhan, said the police official.


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