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Police arrests a man after bride commits suicide over dowry

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PARSA — Police here have arrested a man on charged of mentally torturing his would be daughter-in-law and her family for dowry and compelling her to commit suicide.

Jaya Narayan Saha alias Bachchu, a permanent resident of Bahaduramai Municipality-8 in Parsa, has been arrested after the groom’s family faced a charge of demanding additional dowry from the family of bride Rabita Kumari Saha Teli, and forcing her to commit suicide.

Both families had fixed the marriage between Rabita and Shiva Dayal, son of Jayanarayan, for April 27. But the happiness of to- be-bride’s family could not last longer as she committed suicide on April 19.

Daya Lal Saha Teli of Prasaunibirta of Birgunj Metropolis-13 said that his daughter was forced to kill herself as she could not resist the pressure from her would-be-in-laws for extra wedding gifts.

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Superintendent of Police at the Parsa District Police Office Ganesh Regmi said, “The accused faced the charge under the Social Practices (Reform) Act-1976. Police have taken him under custody and Investigation into the case is underway. Police presented him before media on Tuesday.”

The family of Rabita had agreed to give Rs 300,000 cash, a motorcycle, gold chain, ring, clothes and other home appliances in dowry to Shiva and his family. However, after few days, the boy’s family had allegedly demanded extra Rs 80,000, triggering tensions on both sides.

The preliminary investigation into the case supports the charge against the groom’s family, SP Regmi added.

Shiva Dayal in his telephonic conversations with Rabita threatened to escape the marriage if her family failed to meet their new demand, prompting her to take such drastic step.

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The groom Shiva is on the run after the incident. Police have arrested his father and have been searching for him.

Police have appealed to one and all to inform them if they notice any people involved in taking and receiving the dowry which is defined as a crime by the Act.

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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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