Daughter a victim of ‘dowry death’, man to start anti-dowry trust

On December 15, the body of Bhavneet Kaur, a 24-year-old lecturer at GNG College, Model Town, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her in-laws' house in Ghumar Mandi. She had got married just eight months ago. While her father alleged it was a dowry death, her in-laws said it was a suicide.

Apart from fighting for his daughter, Devinder Singh Narang has decided to take up the cause of all such dowry victims. He wants to start an anti-dowry trust where he will invite people to join him.

"Whatever dowry I gave to my daughter in her wedding will be sold off and with that money, I will be starting this trust. If my daughter has been killed, I will at least try to help someone else's daughter to live a dignified life," Devinder said.

While the police had booked Bhavneet's husband Balpreet, who is a businessman in readymade garments, his mother Manjit Kaur, father Manjit Singh, sister-in-law Sweety and her husband Honey on the complaint of Devinder, no one has been arrested so far.

"Our judicial system is very slow, it provides justice at a snail's pace. This trust will also work to find out ways to start a fight regarding amendments to the law as well," said the shattered father. "It (my daughter's death) is a pre-planned crime. We were constantly getting demands from the family regarding dowry."

Demanding justice for his daughter, he met Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh recently.

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