Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: A 27-year-old woman, who the doctors reportedly said was on the verge of death, charged her husband with torturing her for additional dowry.

Madhurima, daughter of a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (Home Guards) A. Rajendra Prasad, married George Chakravarthi of Hyderabad in September 2008. George was involved in restaurant business.

He was reportedly given Rs.10 lakhs as dowry at the time of wedding and an additional dowry of Rs.2 lakhs subsequently.

Madhurima alleged that her “alcoholic husband” used to torture her weeks after their wedding for additional dowry. He had allegedly threatened to kill her parents if she complained to the police.

Madhurima had a thyroid problem and was using drugs to keep it under control.

She alleged that her husband used to mix expired drugs along with her usual medicines without her knowledge.

The expired drugs had produced unusual reaction and black spots had appeared all over her body. Madhurima informed her mother about her situation.

She was then brought back to the city on August 30 and admitted to a private hospital. Madhurima said that hospital authorities had told her parents that she wouldn’t live for long.

‘Police not acting’

After a couple of days at the hospital, the parents took her home on the insistence of their daughter. Meanwhile, Mr. Rajendra Prasad alleged that the police were not taking any action on his complaint.

When contacted, Three Town CI K. Ranga Raju said that the police had recorded the statement of Madhurima at the hospital on August 31 and were looking into it. He said that her parents hadn’t lodged a complaint so far.