Woman slits her wrist before police station, alleges inaction over plaint on domestic spat


Paravur: A 22-year-old woman attempted suicide in front of a police station here in protest over laxity in investigating a complaint she had filed earlier.

Kurumandal native Shamna, who slit her wrist, was taken to the Nedungolam taluk hospital by the police. The incident happened here before the Paravur police station on Wednesday morning. 

Shamna alleged delay on the part of the police to take action on her complaint alleging that her husband and relatives had tried to kill her.

What is the issue?

Shamna got married to Kottapuram native Anoop four years ago. After marriage, the young woman had to face constant harassment over dowry, as per the complaint. 

A case is ongoing at the Kollam family court and Paravur court. 

Along with her baby, Shamna had gone to her husband's house on November 14. But her husband beat her at home. To escape, Shamna ran to Anoop's relatives’ house in the neighbourhood. But the relatives poured kerosene over her and her baby in a bid to kill them, states the complaint given by Shamna to the inspector.

Shamna alleged that instead of taking a case against them, a case was filed against her based on the complaint filed by the kin. She also alleged that Paravur Station House Officer had threatened her saying that if she did not withdraw her complaint, another case would be filed on the grounds that she had harassed her husband’s relatives.

Shamna said that she had raised the matter with the Assistant Commissioner of Police at Chathanoorver. But Shamna and her relatives said that they did not get a favourable stand from him either. They then filed complaints with the district police chief, DGP and the Chief Minister against this.

Shamna also said that the police mocked her when she went to enquire about the complaint and disheartened by this, she tried to commit suicide.

Meanwhile, the Paravur police said that they have filed a case based on Shamna's complaint and that no arrests have been made as no evidence was obtained during the investigation.

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