HYDERABAD: A 25-year-old housewife, T Rani, was burnt alive allegedly by her husband and in-laws for additional dowry at her house in Jeedimetla on Monday.
According to Jeedimetla police, Rani had married T Balaraju, a casual worker with BHEL, five years ago. Rani's parents reportedly gave nine tolas of gold and a two-wheeler as dowry at the time of the marriage.
Balaraju's family members T Narsamma and Mallaiah were harassing Rani for additional dowry and this led to quarrels between the couple. As a result, Rani had been staying with her parents for some time, Jeedimetla inspector A Sanjeeva Rao said.
On Monday at around 8.30 am, she along with her two children returned to her in-laws house. Locals informed the police that a burnt body was lying in the house of Balaraju.
Rani was badly burnt and died on spot. She might have been set ablaze between 9 am and 12 noon, the inspector said.
Rani's father D Balaraju lodged a complaint with the police stating that his daughter's in-laws were responsible for her death. He told police that the in-laws used to harass his daughter for additional dowry and it was for this reason Rani was staying with them. He claimed that they convinced Rani to return to her husband's house, assuring her that they would settle the matter soon.
"We suspect the role of Rani's husband and her in-laws, who are absconding, in the murder," the inspector added. Police registered a case under section 304 (murder) against them.