The Dalit woman filed a habeas corpus petition requesting the court to rescue her husband

Madras HC slams Madurai police for failing to file an FIR by a Dalit woman
news Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 10:00

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Friday criticized the Madurai police for not filing an FIR by a Dalit woman who alleged that her caste-Hindu in-laws separated her from her husband hours after their wedding.

The Dalit woman, M Sundaravalli filed a habeas corpus petition requesting the court to rescue her husband who was allegedly kidnapped by his parents and might also be murdered to protect the caste honour. Sundaravalli is four-months pregnant, according to TNIE report.

She said in her petition that she had tried filing a complaint by sending a courier to the Superintendent of Police Madurai and the Inspector of Police of Karuppayurani station on November 14 but they did not take any action to rescue her husband.  

When P Ramar, her husband was brought before the court he denied marrying M Sundaravalli. P Ramar told The New Indian Express that he was in a relationship with Sundaravalli in college but has not met her for the past five months.

The High Court asked the police why they had not registered an FIR on a complaint from Sundaravalli. The police claimed it to be a jurisdiction issue and the judge called it an ā€œirresponsibleā€ response, according to TNIE report.

The Madras High Court said that police need not consider jurisdiction for registering an FIR and asked the police to file a case and postponed the hearing to November 23


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