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Kerala actor spouse death case: Relatives allege domestic violence

The relatives, including her brother Vishnu, alleged  that Priyanka had bruises on her body due to physical assault when she returned home.

Published: 15th May 2021 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2021 05:00 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Relatives of actor Unni Dev's wife have raised suspicion after the  latter was found dead in her residence at Vembayam near here on Wednesday.  

Priyanka (26), was found hanging in her bedroom around 2pm after she came home this week allegedly following domestic violence from Unni. She had been at his home at Angamaly in  Ernakulam since the marriage. Unni Dev is the younger son of the late actor Rajan P Dev. 

The relatives, including her brother Vishnu, alleged  that Priyanka had bruises on her body due to physical assault when she returned home. Priyanka had filed a complaint at Vattappara police station on  Tuesday alleging domestic violence.

The next day, she was found hanging.  The relatives have filed a police complaint seeking  action against Unni for abetment of suicide and domestic  violence.  However, the police have only registered a case of  unnatural death (Section 174) of the Indian Penal Code so far. The police  are yet to begin the probe on the two complaints.  

Unni and Priyanka  got married on November 21, 2019. The relatives said it was a love  marriage after they met  at Thodupuzha. Though  they had led a happy life in the initial days, they used to quarrel with each other after Unni started selling Priyanka’s jewellery.

He had frequently demanded money  from Priyanka and her family as dowry.  “But when the family stopped  giving him money, he started assaulting her. Later, she had to return  home,” a relative said in the complaint.  



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