Do you want to know the extent to which a husband can go to extort dowry from his wife? Read this. In a bone-chilling incident, Ashok Shukla, a resident of Lakhimpur Kheri district beat his wife Ruchi Shukla and tied her by the hands to the ceiling of their house. He didn’t stop there. He then made a video and sent it to his in-laws asking for more dowry.

The duo got hitched three years ago. Ruchi had given birth to a boy eight months ago. Ashok spent Rs 40,000 for the operation. He even hosted a party for celebrating the birth of their boy. Later, he asked his father-in-law to give him the money he had spent on the operation and the party.

However, the father-in-law had refused to fulfil the demand. As a result, the torture began.

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FIR lodged

An FIR has been lodged at Shahjahanpur Chowk Kotwali police station against the husband under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (criminal intimidation), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act.

Her parents brought her back on Saturday night and this issue was raised with Shahjahanpur police on Sunday. The police completed their initial investigation and filed the FIR against the husband under the relevant sections.

Vinod Shukla told the TOI, “My daughter is extremely scared as her husband Ashok beat her severely because of dowry. She still has sleepless nights remembering the assault. We want strict action to be taken in this case.”

Additional superintendent of police Dinesh Tripathi told TOI that they have registered an FIR against the husband in this case and investigation is on.

The incident reflects the misogyny prevalent in the country. On one side, we talk about women empowerment and on the other side, we are still grappling with incidents of these kinds.

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