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The Tiruttani police on Saturday put out the fire on a pyre where a 21-year-old womanwas being cremated when they received a complaint that she had been killed by her husband after harassing her for dowry. They sent the body for postmortem.
The police arrested S Gopinath, 28, a software engineer and a native of S V Kandigai near Tiruttani, on suspicion that he killed his wife, Bhavani.
When police personnel, led by Tiruttani police inspector B Sigamani, reached the crematorium, they found that Gopinath and his relatives had lit the pyre. The police put out the fire, took the body off the pyre and sent it to the Tiruvallur Government Hospital for postmortem.
Bhavani, a native of Korlakonda near Tirupathi, and Gopinath got married three years ago. The couple had two children -- 2-year-old Tarun and 10-month-old Manchudha.
On Saturday, Gopinath informed Bhavani's parents that she had fainted and that he was taking her to a private hospital. Bhavani's father, Sudhakar, informed his relative in Tiruttani to find out what had happened to his daughter. The relative who rushed to her house found her dead body and informed Sudhakar about his daughter's death.
Gopinath and Bhavani had lived in separate houses at K G Kandigai for the past three months. Bhavani had allegedly complained to her parents that her husband used to harass her for dowry.
By the time Sudhakar and his family reached S V Kandigai on Saturday evening, Gopinath and his family members had taken her body to the crematorium.
Sudhakar called up the Tiruttani police, as his in-laws refused to allow him to see his daughter's dead body. Following this, the police rushed to the crematorium and recovered the dead body.
During questioning, Gopinath said Bhavani had committed suicide. As the woman died less than seven years after her marriage, the case has been forwarded to the revenue divisional officer to probe whether dowry harassment was the cause of her death.
"We are waiting for the postmortem report. We will pursue the case based on the postmortem report. As of now, we have registered a case under Section 174 (suspicious death) of the Code of Criminal Procedure," police inspector Sigamani said.
Tiruttani police take woman’s body off pyre, sends it for postmortem after dowry harassment complaint