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Man arrested for starving wife to death after giving triple talaq over phone

A man has been arrested for allegedly giving his wife triple talaq over phone and locking her up for a month without food and water, leading to her death, police said today.

Razia was rescued from her husband’s home in Bareilly two months back, but her condition did not improve, her family had said. She died on Tuesday while being taken to a hospital in Lucknow.

“Her husband Naeem who runs a chappal (slipper) factory in Delhi was arrested yesterday and sent to jail,” Superintendent of Police (City) Abhinandan Singh said.

On Thursday, a case of dowry death was registered against Naeem and the woman’s in-laws.

The victim’s sister had alleged that the husband of the 35-year-old woman used to beat her over dowry.

“My sister Razia got married to Naeem Khan in 2005. A few days after their marriage, Naeem started beating her up, demanding dowry.

“In April, Naeem divorced her over phone. He returned home after a few days and then locked her in a small room at his house, and did not even give her food or water,” Razia’s elder sister Tara had claimed.

However, Naeem has claimed that he had not divorced Razia, and his in-laws had registered a case of dowry against him, according to the police.

He said after this, he distanced himself from Razia, they said.

Razia’s family members rescued her from her husband’s home with the help of NGO Mera Haq two months ago.

She died while being taken to the hospital to which she had been referred as her condition was not improving.

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