Woman dies after dupatta gets stuck in motorcycle wheel, but saves her baby


A woman in Maharshtra’s Palghar district died on Saturday evening after her dupatta got stuck in the motorcyle her husband was riding.

The 25-year-old was strangled and dragged to death in this tragic accident, but remarkably did not leave her 1o-month-old baby that she was carrying on her lap.

A report published in Mumbai’s Mid-Day newspaper said that the lady, Pranali Dhanu, managed to keep her daughter, Swara, safely on the ground after the bike came to halt. The family was travelling to Dandi, a village about 16 kms away from their home in Aalevadi in Palghar district.

The baby, Swara is said to be safe, even though the mother succumbed to strangulation after she was dragged for nearly 15 meters on the road.

“Despite being dragged for such a distance, Pranali had a very tight grip around her daughter and held her tightly to her chest. She ensured that the girl did not receive a single scratch. Only after the bike stopped did Pranali keep her baby on the road,” said a police officer from Tarapur police station, adding that a case of accidental death had been registered in the matter.

“My wife is no more but she saved my angel, Swara. This incident is very shocking for my family. Since my wife and child were with me, I had been driving very carefully, but tragedy struck anyway. We were planning to have a grand celebration of my wife’s birthday on September 26,” Akash, the victim’s husband was quoted as saying.


According to a relative, the couple were on their way to sell Rakhis, a business Pranali had started lately to support the family financially.