Woman set on fire: Hus­band, in-laws held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Five days af­ter a 21-yearold newly-wed woman was burnt to death, her hus­band and in­laws were ar­rested for the crime.

They were ar­rested af­ter the woman’s fa­ther com­plained to the po­lice about the ha­rass­ment.

The in­ci­dent has occurred on De­cem­ber 6 at Kasarb­hat vil­lage of Pan­vel. Those ar­rested are the woman’s hus­band Nilesh, 29, her mother-in-law Malti, 55, and fa­ther-in-law Ramkr­ishna, 60.

Jy­oti and Nilesh Mha­tre had been mar­ried for seven months and they fought fre­quently.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of New Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion Suren­dranath Desh­mukh said, “Jy­oti had been com­plain­ing against him and her in-laws to her par­ents.”

Jy­oti was from Rave vil­lage, near Kasarb­hat vil­lage. “She had left the house sev­eral times, but re­turned to get her mar­ried life back on track,” he said.

Sources said the dif­fer­ences were be­cause Nilesh is not very ed­u­cated un­like Jy­oti. “Last Sun­day, Malti found ash wrapped in a pa­per. When she asked Jy­oti about it, she said she had got it from a god­man to re­solve the is­sues in her mar­riage,” Desh­mukh said.

“Malti and Nilesh sus­pected the ash was ei­ther for some black magic or slow poi­son to harm them,” he added. “Af­ter an ar­gu­ment, Nilesh and his mother poured kerosene on her and set her on fire and pushed her into a room and locked it. She burnt to death there.”

The po­lice said Ramkr­ishna has de­nied any in­volve­ment in the in­ci­dent but since he didn’t stop the two, he was ar­rested.

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