Denied entry to husband’s house: Woman cannot be left on road, says court

Woman in front of the closed gate at her husband's house | File picture

Kochi: Aluva First Class Judicial Magistrate Court made a strong remark over the ordeal of the woman in Kochi who was forced out of her husband’s house. Referring to the absence of the husband and his family members while considering the case, the court said that woman cannot be abandoned. If the husband and his parents are not appearing, the court may have to issue an order to either break the door of their house or rehabilitate her, it added. The counsel for the husband informed the court that he was in Bengaluru.

The court ordered that the husband must appear through video conference while his parents should be physically present for the next hearing on Friday. The order was issued by Aluva First Class Judicial Magistrate Court Annie Varghese.

The ordeal of the woman was brought to the attention of the public by Mathrubhumi. 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. 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 was 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.

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