Father 'kills wife and burns his daughter' in dowry row
AN INDIAN woman has died and her 13-month-old daughter suffered horrendous burns after her husband and his father allegedly started a fire as they slept, in a dispute with the woman's parents over a dowry payment.
The case has shocked India, where people have become used to reports of bride burnings and dowry murders. More than 8,000 women are killed every year because their husbands' and in-laws' demands for lavish dowry payments are not met.
The latest case is particularly alarming because the family involved had only celebrated Idika Gupta's first birthday just weeks before the attack.
Witnesses reported her eyes peering out fearfully from her heavily bandaged face at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital, where she was being treated for 55pc burns. Her mother, Pravartika, a 25-year-old technology graduate, died in the hospital on Sunday, shortly after making a statement to a magistrate. (© Daily Telegraph, London)