A video has gone viral on social media of an Indian woman allegedly being beaten by her in-laws over a dowry dispute.
Meena Kashyap, 35, was married to Daljeet Singh and gave birth to a girl whom the latter’s family refused to accept. According to reports in Katalwi, Punjab.
Footage shows her cowering and screaming in pain as she is hit with hockey sticks by two men believed to be her brother-in-law and a friend of his.
After the incident which took place on Friday, her husband’s family had recently found out that she had previously made complaints about them in April saying they had treated her with violence.
Her father said: ‘We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was being done regarding that.
Kashyap is said to be in dispute over a dowry of £8,300 given to her by her in-laws but then when she gave birth to a girl her husband’s family were angered.
“We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was done. They have been married for the past two years now and have a girl child. Their family asked for Rs 7 lakh in dowry,” According to reports.
Police are bringing charges against her husband Daljit Singh, his brother Kamaljeet, and a friend identified only as Gaurav.
The charges include trespass and ‘voluntarily causing hurt’.
Dowries are technically illegal in India to prevent women being attacked, harassed or even murdered for refusing to pay dowries, but the practice continues.
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