29-year-old woman set herself on fire due harassment by hubby and in-laws

The matrimonial home is the household a woman shares with her husband; whether it is rented, officially provided, or owned by the husband or his relatives. A woman has the right to remain in the matrimonial home along with her husband as long as she is married, though there is no definite law regarding this right. If a woman is being harassed by her in-laws, she has the right to seek the help of the law for protecting her but suicide should definitely not be her last option. in a recent incident, a 29-year-old woman succumbed to burn injuries on Wednesday after she attempted to end her life last Thursday at Quepem-Goa. Read the full report here.

According to a source, Quepem police said Vaibhavi Velgekar alias Bhakti, 29, a resident of Xeldem, Quepem, died at the Goa medical college (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, from injuries sustained after she poured an inflammable liquid on her body and set herself on fire. Police registered the offense against Velgekar’s husband and in-laws.

The deceased woman sustained 80 percent burn injuries and was undergoing treatment at GMC, Bambolim. Shobha Khandeparker, the victim’s mother, a resident of Gauthan, Khandepar, Ponda, gave a written complaint to Quepem police on October 27 that her daughter, Vaibhavi, took this drastic step of setting herself ablaze due to harassment from her husband, father-in-law, and sister-in-law.

After receiving the complaint, Quepem police registered an offense on October 27, under Section 498 (A) (cruelty to a woman) read with 34 IPC, against Vaibhavi’s husband Vinod Prabhu Velgekar alias Praveen, father-in-law Pradeep Velgekar, and sister-in-law Deepa Kamat. Quepem police added Section 306 – abetment to committing suicide against the entire three accused. The autopsy was done on Thursday and Valdemar’s body was handed over to her husband for the final rites.



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