Woman denied entry to husband’s house: Court intervenes


Officials taking her to the shelter home

Kochi: Evoked by Mathrubhumi’s report on the ordeal of a woman facing denial of entry to her husband’s home, Kerala High Court has intervened to offer her relief. The Legal Services sub judge and members from the Women and Child Development Department and Women’s Commission visited the woman to gather details. It is learnt that the woman will be shifted to the shelter home in Kakkanad run by the Sakhi help centre. After getting a special order from the court, the woman will enter the husband’s house.

The 27-year-old woman has been going through an ordeal as her husband and his family members are restricting entry to the house, despite a favourable court order. The woman has alleged that she is being tortured by her husband’s family members. She claims that she was conceived but lost the baby due to an attack on the abdomen.

The woman, a native of Kayamkulam, was abandoned by her parents when she was two years old. Since then her grandmother was taking care of her. But, after her grandmother’s death, she became an orphan. After finishing class 12, the woman reached Kochi in search of a job. She was able to get an online delivery job. However, during the pandemic period, she lost her job. It is at that juncture the woman came in acquaintance with a man named Oswin William Korah. According to the woman, the person, who was initially very friendly, sexually assaulted her by intoxicating her with drugs. When she was set to file a complaint with the police over this, the man agreed to marry her. The registered marriage last year. They shifted to a rented house in Aluva’s Edathala. The woman alleged that he took all her money and savings. She said the person also took loans on her behalf. The person allegedly left her when her health was deteriorating due to physical assaults.

Since September 23, Oswin was living in his own house at Kaloor Bank Road along with family members. When the woman filed a case, the Aluva First Class Judicial Magistrate Court issued an order stating she be permitted into her husband’s house. However, according to the woman, by the time she arrived at the house, Oswin and his family members locked the house and left. The woman approached Ernakulam North Police station with the order, but they failed to intervene.

Meanwhile, the woman, who was staying in a rented house at Edathala, was told to leave the house by Monday due to non-payment of rent. Since then she is staying on the terrace of Oswin’s house at Kaloor. She is not in a condition to find work as she is not keeping good health. The woman was also not getting proper food.

On Tuesday morning when she left the house for a brief time, Oswin’s family members reportedly locked the gate of the house too. She was left to wander on the streets. “I am on the edge of killing myself. I don’t know what to do and where to go. I am flooded with calls to repay loans,” she said.

The intervention of the court comes after the media reports on it.

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