Woman Appears before HC after Consuming Poison, Sent to Hospital

Published: 05th August 2014 08:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2014 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: In a dramatic turn of events, the Kerala High Court on Monday sent a 25-year-old woman, who submitted that she had consumed poison before appearing before the court in a Habeas Corpus case, to hospital.

The incident occurred when a Habeas Corpus petition filed by Hasseen Muhammed, 24, of Nedumbassery came for hearing before the  Division Bench, comprising Justice P N Raveendran and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar, seeking  a directive to produce the detenu. The sub-inspector of the Nedumbassery police station had produced the woman before the court at 10.15 am.

When the Bench interacted with the woman, hailing from Uppala in Kasargod, she informed that she had consumed more than 10 tablets containing poison. It created a tensed situation. When the court asked the woman to reveal the name of the tablet she said that she did not know the name.   Soon after the woman’s submission, the court asked the doctor at the High Court dispensary to come to the court room. Dr Benjamin Philip inspected the woman and sought the court’s permission to admit her to the General Hospital, which the court allowed.

The court directed the security officer to see that the woman was taken to the hospital without any hassle. The court further ordered that neither the petitioner, nor the parents of the woman interact with her without permission.

Rupa Kala, the police constable attached to the High Court Security, accompanied the woman.

The court also directed the superintendent of the General Hospital to file a report on Tuesday on the health condition of the woman, and asked him to produce her before the court.

“The Commissioner of Police should render all the necessary help to the superintendent,” the court said.

The petitioner submitted that he married the woman on June 16 as per provisions of the Special Marriage Act. But, the next day her father and brother forcibly took her away.

Hasseen later filed a complaint before the police, alleging that his wife was in the illegal custody of her parents, but no action was taken by the police.

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