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Mystery shrouds death of newly married woman

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NEW DELHI, AUG. 10. A 22-year-old woman, who was married barely a month ago, was found dead in the house of her in-laws under mysterious circumstances at Saraswati Vihar in North-West Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday. While the in-laws of the deceased claimed that she had committed suicide, her family members alleged that she was killed after the demands of dowry was not met.

According to the police, Shweta, wife of Sachin Wadhwa (24), a resident of Harsh Vihar in Saraswati Vihar, was brought to Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in West Delhi where she was declared dead on arrival around 2 a.m. Subsequently, the police were informed. Shweta's in-laws claimed that she committed suicide by hanging herself. However, her family members alleged that she had been killed. The police then informed the area sub-divisional magistrate about the incident and inquest proceedings were initiated.

In their statement to the SDM, the family of the deceased alleged that Shweta's in-laws were demanding Rs. 75,000 for construction of two extra rooms in the house. The in-laws were also said to have demanded Rs. 10 lakhs as loan soon after the marriage, which took place on July 3. However, the family did not give them the money. They also alleged that Shweta was not allowed to talk to her family members based in Patparganj. The father of the deceased had died earlier and it was Shweta's uncle who used to look after her.

As per allegations, Shweta was strangled to death in a car and then taken to the hospital. Shweta's family members claimed that the front left seat of the car was partially damaged and her belongings were also found lying on the floor of the car. They even alleged that Shweta's body had physical injury marks.

Meanwhile, a three-member panel of doctors has been constituted for conducting a post-mortem on Shweta's body to ascertain the reasons behind the death.

A case of dowry death has been registered at Saraswati Vihar police station.

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