A Russian woman, Olga Fimenkov, has been sitting at the doorstep of her in-laws' home in India's northern Agra city in protest against the refusal by her mother-in-law to let her into the house.
Fimenkov, who married Vikrant Singh Chandel in 2011, is on a hunger strike, and claims that she, her daughter, and husband have been barred from entering the house.
"My problem is that my mother in-law has thrown us out of the house. We don't have any other place to live. I am sitting here with my daughter at the gate of the house. She is not letting me go inside. I have not eaten anything from morning and I will not eat also until I am getting a place to live in," Fimenkov said on Saturday (July 09) in fluent Hindi.
She accused her mother-in-law of mentally torturing her for not bringing dowry with her.
Fimenkov and her husband Vikrant claimed that they have reported the matter to local police but they have been of little help.
Fimenkov said she had also lodged a written complaint with Russian embassy.
Her husband admitted that his wife was often tortured by his mother.
"My mother physically assaults and tortures my wife. She has demanded Rs 11 lakh ($16,385) and I don't have that much amount to give it to her. Her behaviour is same with all daughters in-law. She has opened an illegal school and I don't think she has the right papers for that," claimed Vikrant. "I went to New Agra police station. It's been 20 days since I have reported but they are not helping. I have been out here for the last 20 days and now I don't have any money left."
Vikrant's mother Nirmala Chandel denied all the allegations and said that the couple owed her $16,385 which she had given to them since their marriage.
"My son and daughter in-law do gambling and consume alcohol. You can do their test. They abuse me and my children. I am not able to run the school and they don't allow me to do any work. Since their marriage, I have given them Rs 11 lakh ($16,385) and now I don't have any money left. Whatever I save they take all money from me," she said.
According to local reports, the couple suffered heavy losses in business in western Goa and returned to Agra early this year.
Violence against women is common in India, with rapes, acid attacks, domestic violence, dowry and deaths being reported frequently.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, India registered 337,922 incidents of crimes against women in 2014, up by nine per cent since 2013. Out of those, 36,735 were incidents of rape.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today to help Olga. "Akhilesh ji - Pl help this lady. @yadavakhilesh," she posted on the microblogging site Twitter.