C Times, 3rd July 2017, Agartala
In a brutal incident, a 21-year-old housewife was mercilessly burnt to death by her in-laws on 3rd July 2017. The deceased Lakshmi Biswas Das D/o Nibaran Das (a carpenter by profession) and resident of Kakraban village were married to Mithun Biswas (28 yrs) resident of Gokulnagar village under Bishalgarh PS and a driver by profession.
In their one and a half year of conjugal life, they were blessed with an eight-month-old son named Sayan Biswas.
According to police officials, Mithun was having an affair with his elder brother’s (Babul Biswas) wife Sabitri Biswas. Laxmi came to know about the affair after six months of her marriage. She tried to cajole her husband to mend his ways but to no avail. Laxmi then informed her parents about the issue.
This led to the beginning of violence against her by her husband. She was tortured and physically abused at the slightest pretext. And many times Mithun assaulted her after being provoked by sabitri. Mithun also used to threaten Lakshmi by using his sister in law’s( Ratan Das) position as he works in the police department. On the fateful morning of Monday, Mithun accompanied by other family members tied the hands of Laxmi and set her on fire.
The neighbours on noticing dense smoke rushed to the spot and recovered her 8-month-old son but Laxmi was almost consumed by fire. The locals took Lakshmi to Bishalgarh Hospital in a very critical condition. She was immediately referred to GB Hospital but unfortunately succumbed to her injuries on the way. A G.D entry was made at GB police outpost and a FIR was lodged against Mithun Biswas, Babul Biswas, Sabitri Biswas and Ratan Das by Lakshmi’s family members.
Cases of domestic violence in Tripura are rising at the rate of knots. It sure seems that security of women is a point of concern, more in their own families than in the outside world.
Domestic violence cases top the list of crime against women, a record confirmed. Among the registered cases in Tripura Commission for Women (TCW), largest share was found to be cruelty against women by their husband and in-laws.
On September 2015 the then Chief Justice of Tripura High Court Shri Deepak Kumar Gupta showed serious concern over increasing rate of domestic violence in the state while speaking at the inauguration of Alternative Dispute Redressal Centre (ADRC) in Gomti district.
Justice Gupta talked about state’s awful condition in dealing with domestic crimes. Showing concerns for the state he said, Tripura with a population of only 37 lakh has highest domestic crime in the country.
He said, “When seen on the basis of the criminal population ratio, it emerges clearly that the rate of domestic violence in Tripura is at the top in the country.”
BJP Vice President Subal Bhowmik said, “The people do not have any faith in the state Govt. completely failed to provide security to the women and girls in Tripura during the last couple of years. Tripura holds the top position in women atrocities among all other states in India. Such incidences of crime against women are frequently increasing in this state and the law and order of Tripura is a complete failure”.