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Woman sets ablaze herself, 5 daughters after husband tortures her for not bearing son

A woman in an Uttar Pradesh village set herself and her five daughters on fire after she was taunted and beaten up by her husband for not bearing a son, police said Tuesday.

The tragedy took place late Monday in Gonda district's Diwli village.

Woman sets herself, 5 daughters on fire after husband tortures her for not bearing son

Neighbours told police that Prema Devi (38) was brutally assaulted by her husband Jagdamba Prasad Lodh for not bearing a boy. She was so badly beaten that she could walk.

After Lodh left for the fields late Monday, Prema Devi set herself and her five daughters - Sudha (12), Rekha (10), Nisha (7), Roopa (5) and Shikha (2) - on fire. Neighbours tried to rescue them but it was futile.

Police have arrested the husband on a complaint filed by Prema's brother Shri Chand, circle officer Sukhveer Singh said.

The brother in his complaint alleged that Lodh frequently tortured his sister for not having a son. Neighbours, too, testified that Lodh would often beat up his wife.  

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