CHENNAI: THE Madras High Court has advised estranged daughters-in-law not to take law into their own hands, indulge in violent activities like break-opening and ransacking the house.
If at all a woman had any grievance against her husband or in-law, she can always work out remedies before the courts of law. Taking the law into her hands and locking the premises belonging to the father-in-law is totally unwarranted. As per the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act and Rules, it is the duty of the government to ensure that the life and property of the senior citizens are protected and that they are able to lead a secured life, Justice M S Ramesh said.
The judge was allowing a criminal original petition from T Vinayagam of Maanampathi in Kancheepuram district praying for a direction to the local police to act on his complaint against his daughter-in-law and allow him to occupy his own house.The judge granted liberty to the petitioner to approach jurisdictional police seeking protection for the purpose of entering into his house by break-opening the lock. On receipt of the representation, the local police shall extend the necessary protection to enable the petitioner to enter into his own house. The judge, however, directed the police to provide due opportunity to the daughter-in-law also.
The judge also observed that in the present case, the conduct of the daughter-in-law in locking the premises thereby depriving the petitioner entry into his own property is illegal. Hence, the petitioner’s life and property is to be protected by the police.Vihayagam, the owner of the house, had been residing there for many years. A matrimonial dispute exists between his son and his daughter-in-law and a divorce petition is pending before the sub-judge in Cheyyar. As the daughter-in-law, accompanied by her men, created ugly scenes and abused the petitioner’s family members and threw stones and threatened them with dire consequences from outside the house, the petitioner had locked the house and went to their daughter’s house in Maraimalai Nagar. Immediately, the daughter-in-law and others broke open the door, ransacked the house and locked the house with their own lock. Hence, the present petition.