Two Banke women ‘burnt alive’ in a single day

- Janak Nepal, Nepalgunj
Two Banke women ‘burnt alive’ in a single day

Oct 13, 2014-

In a horrifying incident, two women are said to have been burnt alive by their own family members in the district. Puja Devi Nau, 19, of Indrapur-9, Banke and Hem Kumari Dhobi, 25, of Bhujaigaun, Khaskarkando-2 have sustained third-degree burn injuries. Both incidents apparently took place on Sunday evening.

Puja’s family claimed that she was accidentally burnt after the oil lamp turned over while she was breast feeding her infant. Hem Kumari’s husband Gaya Prasad said she was burnt when the kitchen was engulfed in fire after she lit turpentine oil mistaking it for kerosene.

However, a preliminary investigation has suggested that both the incidents were intentional, said Superintendent of Police Shekhar Koirala, adding that they had arrested the suspects and started further investigation into the incidents. Police have arrested Puja’s husband Pawan along with his brothers Ramesh and Raj after finding that there was not a scratch on the infant while Puja sustained serious burn injuries. “Pawan is on the verge of admitting to the crime,” Koirala said. Police have also arrested Gaya Prasad and started investigation.

Although both the incidents had occurred at around 8pm on Sunday, the victims were admitted to Bheri Zonal Hospital only on Monday morning. The hospital is located about 5-7 km from both sites.

Puja has suffered 45 percent burnt, while only the face of Hem Kumari has been spared by the fire. Both of them have been referred to the Capital for treatment.

Puja’s father-in-law Gomati Nau admitted that the relationship between his son and daughter-in-law had been strained. “Both were inside the room when the incident occurred. When entered the room upon hearing noises we found Puja burning,” Nau said.

Accusing Gaya Prasad for the incident, Hem Kumari’s father Rangilal said that he had also tried to kill her in the past.  Police are investigating the case with Gaya Prasad as the prime suspect after the family’s claims did not corroborate about the incident happening in the kitchen.

The latest incidents have taken the number of cases where women had been burnt alive to seven in the district over the past seven months.

Published: 14-10-2014 09:17

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