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Outrage in Kerala After Three Reported Dowry-Related Deaths in Quick Succession

Three young women died in different parts of the state within a span of 24 hours, allegedly because of dowry-related violence.

New Delhi: Three dowry-related deaths in quick succession have led to outrage in Kerala. Three young women died in different parts of the state within a span of 24 hours, allegedly because of dowry-related violence.

On Tuesday, a 24-year-old woman named Archana was found burnt dead in Thiruvanathapuram’s Vizhinjam, in the rented flat she lived in with her husband Suresh. According to The News Minute, Archana and Suresh had a love marriage. Three months after the wedding, however, Suresh’s father began demanding Rs 3 lakh dowry, to be given to Suresh’s brother to buy land. Archana’s father said he did not have that much money – and while the matter was not pursued further, it created problems between Archana and Suresh’s family. That’s when Suresh decided to rent a separate flat for him and Archana.

Suresh reportedly bought diesel on the day Archana died, but claimed it was to kill ants. Archana’s family, however, is convinced he used it to kill Archana and that she did not die by suicide. “He (Suresh) used to leave her and fight with her after getting drunk. She used to hide a lot from us. Though she completed her B.Sc in Nursing, he did not allow her to work,” Archana’s father Asokan told The News Minute.

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In another dowry-related case, Vismaya, a 24-year-old Ayurveda student, was found dead in her husband’s house. Before her death, she had sent her relatives several WhatsApp messages about how she was being harassed for dowry by her husband’s family. Vismaya said they did not like the car her father had given as dowry and used to beat her badly over this, News18 reported. Vismaya’s husband Kiran has been arrested.

In another incident, a 19-year-old woman named Suchitra was found dead in her husband’s house in Vallikunnam on Tuesday. While police believe this death may have been a suicide, a probe is currently ongoing. Her husband works in Uttarakhand, and Suchitra was in the house with his parents when the incident occurred. The details of this case have not yet been made clear in the public.