Pregnant housewife commits suicide in Punjab

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Bathinda, June 11 (UNI) A five month pregnant housewife today allegedly committed suicide after consuming a poisonous substance at her home in Bhai Roopa village of the district.

According to police sources, the deceased identified as Kulwinder Kaur was rushed to the civil hospital by her in-laws at Rampura Phul where she was declared brought dead.

The statement of her husband, Gurdev Singh that his wife had committed suicide, was contested by her brother, who alleged that she had been murdered by the in-laws. The brother alongwith other relatives and friends staged a 'dharna' outside Dayalpur police station demanding registeration of a case against the husband and in-laws.

He alleged that his sister was harassed for bringing insufficient dowry at the time of marriage nine months back.

Senior officials intervened to get the 'dharna' lifted and got a case registered under section 304 B of the IPC against the husband, father-in-law Harbans Singh, mother-in-law Raj Kaur besides two other relatives.

The police has given an assurance to arrest the alleged culprits within 24 hours.

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