A retired police constable allegedly attempted to abduct his pregnant 20-year-old daughter from her marital home in Tiruvallur district on Friday. This, after she reportedly refused to leave her husband in the face of her fatherâ€™s objection to her marrying out of her caste.
Deepika (20) married Saikumar, an AC mechanic, six months ago. While she belongs to the Yadavar community, Saikumar belongs to the Balija Naidu community (Backward class). Her father, Balakumar, had objected to their relationship and later their marriage as well. But Deepika left her house to marry Saikumar and moved with him to Bengaluru. After she became pregnant, Saikumar reportedly brought her to his parentsâ€™ home in Tiruvallur district.
On January 31, her father came to know her whereabouts and went to Saikumarâ€™s residence with four of his friends.
â€śHe tried to convince Deepika to leave once again. He claimed that her husband was not right for her because of the difference in their communities, and that she should divorce him,â€ť a senior police official told TNM. â€śWhen she refused, he pulled out a handkerchief laced with some chemical and placed it on her face. It was not any acid or anything. It caused mild discoloration on her face,â€ť he added.
Deepikaâ€™s mother-in-law Bagyalakshmi and sister-in-law Divya tried to stop him but couldnâ€™t. Balakumar then took her forcefully to his friendâ€™s house in Sriperumbudur. And while this incident happened at 10.45 am, Deepika was brought back to her husbandâ€™s home at 8 pm by her father and his friends.
Saikumarâ€™s family, however, had not given any police complaint till then. When Deepika was brought back home, they took her to a local hospital.
â€śWe got a call from the hospital about what happened,â€ť an investigating official said. â€śAfter we got to know about the incident, we conducted enquiries and filed an FIR,â€ť he added.
Balakumar and his friends have been booked for harassing a woman and the police is currently on the lookout for them.
â€śHe has been against his daughterâ€™s marriage from the very beginning because the husband is from a different community,â€ť said the official adding, â€śWe will trace him soon.â€ť