Woman Commits Suicide, Family ‘Torches’ Her In-laws House In Rage

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Anantnag: The family of a woman, who hanged herself to death Saturday morning in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, allegedly set the house of her in-laws ablaze.

An official said that the woman ended her life by hanging herself at her home in the Mominabad area of the district Saturday morning.

The official said the deceased woman’s family from Kulgam later set the house of her in-laws on fire in a fit of rage alleging that the in-laws of their daughter had forced her to take the extreme step.

Scores of the relatives of the woman who committed suicide on Saturday staged a protest in Chawalgam market of Kulgam district, demanding stern punishment to the “culprits”.

A police officer said they are investigating as to what led the woman to take such an extreme step adding they will take strict action if the allegations are found to be true.

Earlier on April 1, a 32-year-old and a mother of two from Aishmuqam area lost her battle with life at SKIMS, Soura after being “burnt alive” allegedly by her in-laws in Aakhoora Mattan area of Anantnag.

In yet another incident, recently a CRPF man from outside J&K strangulated his wife at the rented accommodation inside a camp at Andernag Sherbagh.

More than nine per cent of women between 18 and 49 years of age experienced domestic violence in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019-20, National Family Health Survey (NFHS) has revealed.

The survey report, released in 2020, claims that 9.6 per cent of women in the age group 18-49 experienced domestic violence in 2019-20.

“Around 11 per cent of rural women between 18 and 49 years have witnessed domestic violence whereas in urban areas 5.9 per cent of women have been victims of domestic violence in 2019-20. 5 per cent of rural women of age group 18-29 have experienced sexual violence at the age of 18 while 1.4 per cent of urban women have faced sexual violence at the age of 18,” the survey has found.

Kashmir-based women’s rights activist Ezabir Ali said that the custom of giving gifts to a daughter getting married as a form of affection has turned ugly over a period of time as it has become rigid – a symbol of social status and family prestige

“Every woman in Kashmir has a story to tell but lips are sealed due to family pressures, social stigma or honour involved,” she said. (KNO)

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