Women’s Commission Has its Hands Full

Published: 29th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2014 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

KAKKANAD: If anybody believed analogy and trust between husband and wife led to a happy married life, then it is time to rename it as a 20-year-old woman who came here to meet the Women’s Commission adalat states that her husband was torturing her physically and mentally in the name of beauty.

The woman’s mother, who also accompanied with her to submit a complaint to the Women’s Commission, told ‘Express’ that her son-in-law had been torturing her daughter, after he found her unattractive after giving birth to a girl.

“My daughter did not have a happy married life and he treated her like a slave,” the mother said. 

The complainant hailing from Thodupuzha got married to the Erattupetta resident in the year 2011.

“The relationship was not normal as they were quarrelling with each other. The marriage was held on the condition that she would be allowed to work at a place of her choice. But even after one year, he was reluctant to send her to work,” said the mother.

When issues between the two intensified, the husband pronounced ‘talaq’ in 2012, but later they came to a compromise and the matter cooled down after a month.  Meanwhile, she gave birth to a baby girl, but later they  separated and she found refuge in her own home. Her husband came again to take her along with him but the woman was unwilling to go back knowing that he would resort to torture. Taking a decision on the matter, the Women’s Commission asked them to report to a counselling centre.

The Commission also received a plaint from a block development officer for harassment from one of her block panchayat members. But the complaint was disposed due to the absence of  complainant.

A plaint from a blind mother and her daughter against her son also came in front of the Commission. As per the mother’s complaint, her only son was not taking care of them, though he had a job at the Cochin university. The Commission also observed that the number of cases from the senior citizens against their children was on the rise.

“The senior citizens mostly come to the Commission when they are being neglected by their children.  The complaints we receive through the adalat clearly indicates that. Even in Ernakulam we got three similar complaints,” said Anilkumar, chairman, Women’s Commission.

The Commission on Wednesday received a total of 55 complaints for hearing in which 19 were settled 8 has been handed over to the KELSA for legal aid, 4 to counselling and the police and 10 have been disposed.

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