Woman’s body exhumed from graveyard in JK’s Kathua, husband booked for murder

Kathua: Ten days after a 20-year-old woman from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, was allegedly murdered in Paddi village of Punjab’s Ludhiana, the body of the deceased taken to Kathua for burial, in a medical examination revealed that the deceased woman has died because of the “severe physical assault”.

The deceased along with her husband had was living at her brother-in-law’s place in Paddi village of Ludhiana.

However, on her family’s complaint, the body was exhumed from the graveyard and the autopsy revealed that she was thrashed to death. The Ludhiana police has now registered an FIR against her husband and two brothers-in-law for alleged murder, a Delhi-based news organisation Indian Express reported.

Quoting the complainant, Qadar Hussain from Jagraon of Ludhiana, the report said that in his complaint to Ludhiana police, it was said that his sister-in-law (wife’s sister) Shanu (20) had married Mohammad Safeeq of Kathua in JK nearly two years ago. She along with her husband had been living at Paddi village of Ludhiana at the place of Mohammad Farooq (Safeeq’s brother) village for two months. He told the police that around 20 days ago, Shanu gave birth to a baby boy and on November 10, Mohammad Farooq called them to inform that Shanu has died after getting ‘unwell’. Further, the family got to know that after Shanu’s death in Ludhiana, her husband and brother-in-law took her body to their village in Kathua and buried her.

The report quoting Qadar Hussain, said that days after delivery, Shanu had called them to tell that she was being ill-treated and forced to do domestic chores despite her poor health.

Quoting Inspector Sukhdev Singh, SHO of Dehlon police station, the report said that after a complaint was received from the woman’s family, the Ludhiana police contacted their counterparts in JK and the local Billawar police got the woman’s body exhumed.

“Prima facie, the woman was murdered in Ludhiana and then her body was taken to Maadli Kog village in Kathua for burial. However, an autopsy has revealed that there were grievous injury marks on her body and she was thrashed to death. We have registered an FIR against her husband and two brothers-in-law,” the report quoted SHO as saying.

An FIR against Mohammad Safeeq (woman’s husband), Mohammad Farooq (Safeeq’s elder brother) and Mohammad Zaqoor has been registered under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of IPC, the report mentioned.


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