CHENNAI: A 27-year-old woman staged a dharna in front of the house of her in-laws in Ayanavaram seeking action against her husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law for dowry harassment, in the city on Wednesday.
The victim, identified as Vaidegi (27), began her dharna in front of her husband, Jagadeesh’s residence on P E Koil Street in Ayanavaram, citing that police were favouring the accused and were not making any arrests. She had married Jagadeesh in 2010, and since then he had been demanding `15 lakh to start a business. The demand was in addition to the dowry of gold given during the marriage. Jagadeesh’s parents, Arumugam and Chandra, also advised Vaidegi to give the money as he was asking for cash only to improve their livelihood.
Vaidegi further alleged that her in-laws forced her to undergo an abortion at a private hospital in Arumbakkam when she was three months pregnant. They reportedly told her that she didn’t have to bear a child when she and her family couldn’t afford to give dowry. She also claimed that she was subjected to domestic violence and was not provided proper food. She was even thrown out of the house in July last year.
Addressing reporters, Vaidegi said, “I have lodged a complaint with the All Women Police Station in Ayanavaram three months back and the FIR was filed only after a court direction. Instead of taking action against the accused, the cops are delaying the arrest,” she added.
Claiming that the anticipatory bail pleas of all the three accused were dismissed by the High Court, the cops continued to delay taking action.
She further said she was planning to appeal to the Chief Minister if she did not get justice.