Court Denies Bail to Government Doctor Charged With Driving Wife to Suicide

Published: 25th May 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2015 06:15 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: A city Sessions Court has denied bail to a city-based government doctor, who was arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of his wife, also a doctor.

Dr K Akilandeswari (32) committed suicide in a working women’s hostel at Kodambakkam on May 8, allegedly following repeated harassment by her husband and in-laws. She left behind a suicide note along with `10,000, pleading the police to permit her parents to raise her three-year-old daughter instead of handing her over to her husband, apprehending that he would murder the child.

Akilandeswari, who was pursuing MD in Madras Medical College at the time of the incident, requested the police not to hand over her  body to her husband or to her parents. “I do not want my parents to suffer because of me any  longer. I am an orphan. This is my dying declaration. I have kept `10,000 in my handbag. Please take that money and cremate me,” she said in the letter.

According to her father S Kalyanasundram, Akilandeswari had completed MBBS in 2009 and worked in a primary health centre in Mayiladuthurai. On June 7, 2010, she was married to Dr M Rathinakumar, who was working in a government hospital there.

“We gave over 50 sovereigns of gold jewellery and cash for purchasing a luxury car for Rathinakumar. However, they were harassing her seeking more dowry from us. Akilandeswari never lived happily with his family. She and her child were living with us in Thanjavur,” charged Kalyanasundram.

Meanwhile, she decided to pursue higher studies and joined Madras Medical College last year. But even after that, her husband and parents allegedly continued to harass her, seeking more money. Unable to withstand the mental torture, she took the extreme step, said Kalyanasundram in his complaint.

As Akilandeswari committed suicide within five years of marriage, an RDO inquiry was conducted. Subsequently, police arrested Rathinakumar. His parents, who remained absconding, have approached the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail, which was refused.

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