India: Three sisters killed in domestic violence

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The bodies of three Indian women and their two children were found in a well. She married three brothers and was tortured by the in-laws.

Sardar Meena lost her three daughters, found in an old well in India.

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Sardar Meena was searching in vain for her three daughters and her two grandchildren who had been missing for several days from their marital home in Dudu village in Rajasthan, India, when their bodies were found in an old well. Countryside

Kalu, 27, the mother of a four-year-old boy and a 27-day-old child, her younger sister Kamlesh, 20, and Mamata, 22, both pregnant, married three brothers and lived in a dudu under the roof. In-laws

The youngest, shortly before their deaths, wrote an abusive status on her WhatsApp messaging system, which was sent to AFP by a cousin: Than abuse “.

Allegations of child abuse

Four days after the bad news, sitting on the ground, Sardar Meena, his wife, their eldest son, their three other daughters and their relatives mourn the dead young man under their photographic portrait, staring at the home of a poor family. , A village near Dudu.

Their deaths are being treated as suicides until the autopsy results are released, a Jaipur police official told AFP. But Sardar Meena accused her son-in-law that her daughters had been the victims of constant abuse and moral harassment for years.

‘So much harassment’

Bara Kalu was admitted to the hospital last April after being beaten by her husband and in-laws. “My daughters have been victims of their violence, then come back here. But, despite the violence, they said they had to stay at home and then return to their husbands, “the distraught father told AFP.

Divorce, considered a notoriety in most Indian families, let Sardar Meena go to “save her family’s honor”. According to Sardar Meena, the in-laws blamed them specifically for their meager dowry. “Those who demand dowry are not good people,” he insisted.

The victims’ husbands, their mothers-in-law and their brothers-in-law have been arrested, especially for harassment related to dowry and domestic violence. “They harassed them a lot,” testified Sonu, another daughter of Sardar Mina, “but my sisters hoped that one day the situation would change.” The dowry system has been banned by Indian law for more than 60 years, which is being grossly violated.

“Educated”

“We’ve already given them a lot (…)”, he added, quoting television, a fridge, furniture, “I’m the father of six daughters, there are limitations to what I can do”. “I gave them an education, it was already difficult,” he proudly showed them their university cards. But the husband and wife forbade their daughters to continue their education and work.

Stories of domestic violence and dowry disputes are published daily in the local media. Last year, an Indian man from the southern state of Kerala was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife by cobra bites to take control of his property. Their marriage has already brought her a new car and more than 6,000. Last month, a Kerala court sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for inciting his wife to commit suicide for dowry.

“Annoying resignation”

According to data from the National Bureau of Criminal Records, about 7,000 housewives were killed in 2020 for dowry cases and another 1,700 committed suicide. Proponents of women’s rights, however, believe that these numbers are only part of the story. Originating from the iceberg.

“Every hour, 30 to 40 women are victims of domestic violence,” Kavita Srivastava, an activist for the private human rights organization PUCL, told AFP.

(AFP)

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