Judge’s Daughter-in-law Moves Madras High Court, Alleges Dowry Harassment

Published: 18th December 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2014 07:49 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: A daughter-in-law of a Madras High Court judge has levelled serious allegations against her husband and in-laws and sought a direction to the Police Commissioner to register an FIR on her complaint dated December 1.

Moving the High Court, Anootha Chandran (30), a native of Tirur in Kerala’s Malappuram district, has sought action against her husband, D Bala Rajendra Prasad, and mother-in-law, Indra Dhanapalan, under various sections of the IPC, including 306 (attempt to suicide) and 307 (attempt to murder) and TN Prevention of Harassment of Women Act. In her criminal original petition, she submitted that she married the judge’s son on February 22, 2013, and started living with him and her in-laws at No 27, DGS Dinakaran Salai, Adyar.

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Alleging physical and verbal abuse by her husband and mother-in-law, she said that during the early days of the marriage, her mother-in-law wanted all her gold jewels handed over to her. The mother-in-law often scolded her for ‘not bringing more jewels’ and household articles and usually said she could throw Anootha out of the matrimonial house and ask her son to divorce her.

Anootha alleged that her husband was having extra-marital affairs and that she happened to see a video of him with two other women in his laptop when the family had gone to London in May 2013. She said the video had been recorded by her husband himself. She was brutally beaten up at the hotel when she questioned her husband about the video, Anootha said.

She said the torture continued even after she delivered a girl baby at Calicut on April 3 and she and her husband moved to an apartment in Adyar. Accusing her husband and his parents of using her and her family as ‘name lenders for the purpose of accounting and taxation purpose’, she said she lodged a complaint with the All Women Police Station at Mylapore on December 1.

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