Woman inked with expletives over dowry in northwestern India

The victim alleged that when the matter came to light they ( her in-laws) tried to erase the tattoos with acid. Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters Jaipur,India Jun 27, 2016, 02.15 PM (IST)
A woman's forehead and other body parts were inked with expletives in northwestern India after she failed to fulfill her in-laws dowry demands, police said today.

In her police complaint, the 25-year-old victim has also alleged rape by her brother-in-law and husband's nephew.

She said two years after her marriage to a man based in Alwar district of Rajasthan state, her in-laws started demanding money and motorbike as dowry. When she resisted their demands, expletives were tattooed on her forehead and arms.

The victim now lives with her family in Jaipur district of the state, where she filed the police complaint.

"She alleged in her complaint that she was raped by her brother-in-law and nephew and she was tortured by her husband and others with expletive tattoos on her forehead and other parts of body over dowry.

 She also told us that when this matter came to light they (in-laws) tried to erase the tattoos with acid. We have registered a complaint and investigation is underway," said senior police official, Abdul Wahid.

He added that the victim would be sent for medical examination to ascertain the allegations of rape.

The victim alleged that her husband threatened to kill her if she failed to fulfill his dowry demand.

"He (husband) asked me to get a motorbike and money from my parents, failing which he would stab me to death," she said.

A report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said there were 337,922 reports of violence against women such as rape, molestation, abduction and cruelty by husbands in 2014, up by nine per cent since 2013.