CHENNAI: Anootha Chandran, the daughter-in-law of a Madras High Court judge who levelled serious allegations against her husband and in-laws, has particularly accused her mother-in-law, Indra Dhanapalan, of not questioning her husband’s illicit affairs. ‘She had been warned by her mother-in-law that she can be his wife only if she tolerates all his activities as she is his wife just for namesake’, said Anootha’s criminal original petition filed at the Madras High Court. When Anootha saw several photos and videos on the ipad, laptop and other phones of her husband, D Bala Rajendra Prasad, with other women, she was warned by her mother-in-law not to ‘let the news out’. She was even handed out the threat of false cases that will tarnish her image and question her chastity, Anootha said.
She named two advocates, Ajitha and Saravanvel, of threatening her and her family of divorce. ‘These advocates come to my husbands’ house to please to my mother-in-law for reasons best known to them,’ said the affidavit filed before the court.
Anootha alleged that she didn’t get any mercy during her pregnancy and that her husband had physically abused and pushed her to the ground, shouting ‘I don’t want his baby’ in front of his parents. When she was beaten up severely, in the third month of her pregnancy, she had to be hospitalised due to bleeding. Then, she had to go back to her parents’ house in Kerala and remain in bedrest till she delivered a girl on April 3.
She was brought to Chennai on October 3 with a promise that she will be allowed to lead a peaceful life. ‘The promise was made in the presence of advocate Benjamin and his family friend Mr Hariharan’, the affidavit said and added that the mediators had assured her that Rajendra Prasad will end his affair with Aparna and Sundari.
But none of the promises were kept and the physical harassment and mental torture continued for Anootha.
Besides seeking a direction to the Commissioner of Police to register a case on her complaint filed on December 1, Anootha also requested protection for her, her daughter and her parents. She said she was afraid her husband and his parents were highly influential and that she expected life threats.