Koyambedu police booked a case under four sections of IPC including rape, and were on the lookout for a 29-year-old man following a complaint from a 26-year-old housemaid on Sunday. Police, who arrested the man’s mother, said he had lived with the woman, promising marriage, and then absconded.
Police said Prema (name changed) (26) of Sathanur, Tanjore, who was working as a housemaid in a bungalow on East Coast Road, had met Ramachandran when they had worked together in a private company six months ago.
She used to visit Ramachandran’s house in Koyambedu often, where he was living with his mother Dhanalakshmi (50), police said and added that the couple had got intimate. When the woman became pregnant and asked Ramachandran to marry her, he allegedly refused.
The woman lodged a complaint with the All Women Police Station in Thirumangalam last October. Police said the inspector of the station then had conducted an inquiry, and had counselled both of them. The man had then assured the inspector that he would marry Prema.
Police sources said Ramachandran then allegedly married her in a temple. After living with her for a few months, police said he convinced Prema to go live with her parents for sometime, saying his mother Dhanalakshmi was angry that the couple belonged to a different castes and was not happy about the marriage.
The woman waited for days but Ramachandran did not turn up to take her home. He avoided her since then. On hearing that Ramachandran was preparing to get married to another woman, Prema rushed to his house, where his mother Dhanalakshmi reportedly verbally abused and beat her up, police said.
Disturbed by the noise of the fight between the two women, neighbours called the police control room, which informed the Koyambedu police.
Police said they had arrested the mother and was on the lookout for the son.
“She had an abortion. She told us that she either wants us to convince her husband to live with her or file an FIR and take action. We have arrested the man’s mother and are on the lookout for him,” said a police official.
“Dhanalakshmi denied that the woman was her daughter-in-law. However, when we inquired with the neighbours, they said she had lived in the house for two or three months,” the police official added.
Police sources said though the woman claimed she got married to him, they could not find any documentary evidence.
Police registered a case under four sections of IPC: 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (1) (criminal intimidation) and 417 (cheating).