Widow Brutalised for Refusing to Marry In-Law’s Relative

A widow’s nose and tongue were chopped off in a brutal attack for reportedly refusing to marry a relative of her in-laws.

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Guddi’s sisters-in-law began forcing her to remarry

Three people have been arrested for allegedly chopping off the nose and tongue of a 28-year-old widow in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

On November 18, 2020, police said that the victim allegedly refused to marry a relative of her in-laws as per their demands.

The widow has been identified as Guddi Devi, a resident of Jagiron Ki Dhani in the Sankra block of Jaisalmer.

She was admitted to a hospital in Jodhpur for treatment, said Kanta Singh, station house officer at Sankra police station in charge of the case.

According to the First Information Report filed by the victim’s brother Baseer Khan, Guddi married Koje Khan about six years back who died a year after the marriage.

After her husband’s death, Guddi continued to live with her in-laws as per Indian tradition.

However, Guddi’s sisters-in-law began forcing her to remarry another man from their family, which she refused.

On November 17, the woman’s sister-in-law came to her house, with a couple of people, including Janu Khan, whom they were asking Guddi to marry.

Angered by her repeated refusal to remarry, they attacked her with a sharp weapon and chopped off her tongue and nose.

Based on the widow’s brother’s complaint, three people identified as Janu Khan, Anwar Khan and Nawab Khan were arrested by the police.

Police officer Pokaran Motaram said: “One of the accused Janu Khan has been arrested while two others have been rounded up.”

A total of nine people have been booked by the police in connection with the incident.

The incident came just a couple of days after another shocking murder was reported in Rajasthan.

On Diwali night November 14, 2020, a 37-year-old woman was doused in petrol and allegedly set on fire in Jaipur.

The main accused, Lekhraj had allegedly raped her a couple of months ago for which an FIR was registered, but no action was taken.

On Diwali, he entered the woman’s house and poured petrol on her while she was praying and threw a burning Diya on her.

Four people were arrested by the Rajasthan Police on November 16, 2020, in connection with the case.

As per the police, the arrested persons consist of one criminal, who was absconding, and three family members.

A police officer stated:

“An absconding criminal with three family members set the woman on fire with a combustible substance late last night. All four have been arrested. Further investigation is underway.”

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