Sunday, October 29, 2006

State books first domestic violence case

Warangal, Oct. 29: Bank employee D. Satish was booked under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 for allegedly assaulting his wife for more dowry and allegedly kicked his baby daughter who later died.

The Shyampet police registered the case, believed to be the first case under under the Act in the State. The offence under the Act which came into force on October 26 is non-bailable. According to the complaint, Satish allegedly kicked his 10-month-old daughter Dhrithi while arguing with his wife Maheshwari for more dowry.

Dhrithi sustained internal injuries on October 23 and succumbed to injuries late on Saturday night at a private hospital here. Speaking to this correspondent, Warangal SP Soumya Mishra said that a case was registered under Section 3 of the Act against Satish, who is at large. The police registered the case after obtaining legal opinion, the SP said.

Police said that Satish, who was working as an executive in the home loan section of a private bank in Hanamkonda, intensified the dowry demand after the birth of the daughter. Unable to bear his alleged torture, Ms Maheshwari lodged a complaint against her husband at Matwada police station.

A case was also booked under Section 498 and referred to the Lok Adalat where the couple was given three months to patch up.

But Satish reportedly continued to demand dowry and the harassment reached its peak during Diwali. He allegedly beat his wife at his native Koppula village in Shyampet mandal where they had gone for the festival on October 23.

Then Satish, who was allegedly inebriated, kicked the baby resulting in severe internal injuries to the child. The girl was treated at MGM Hospital and a private hospital here for five days but she succumbed at a private hospital.

Ms Maheshwari lodged a complaint against her husband with Shyampet police, who also booked a murder case under IPC Section 302 against Satish for allegedly killing his daughter.Ms Maheshwari’s relatives and local villagers staged protests at Satish’s residence.

Via: Deccan Chronicle
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