Dead councillor's husband arrested for dowry harassment

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 09, 2012 13:20 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) A day after a Congress councillor was found dead along with her baby daughter, her husband has been arrested for dowry harassment, police said Friday.

The accused has been sent to police custody.

Pawan Yadav, 28, was arrested late Thursday night under Section 304B (causing dowry death) of the Indian Penal Code. He was presented in a Delhi court, which sent him to police custody for a fortnight till Nov 23.

"A case of dowry death has been registered against her in-laws," a police officer said.

Satyam, 26, of west Delhi's Nangloi area, was found hanging inside her home around 8 a.m. Thursday.

The body of her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter was lying on the bed.

Satyam, a native of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, had moved to Delhi in 2010 after her marriage to Pawan Yadav, a teacher in a municipal corporation school.

She had a BEd degree and a Masters degree too, and was a councillor from ward number 43 in Nangloi (East).

Satyam's family registered a complaint against her relatives in-law, alleging that she was murdered for dowry.

"The family that Satyam married into had been demanding Rs.10 lakh (as dowry). We went to Delhi to bring her back to Bulandshahr. They refused to let her come and said they will not leave her until their demands were fulfilled," said Satyam's elder brother Nishant Yadav.

Pawan Yadav refuted the dowry allegations and told investigators that his wife was upset over a family issue.

Satyam's family believe she was murdered; they do not think she committed suicide.

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