Clear case of misuse of 498a- Lok Adalat reunites couple – husband and family was jailed for dowry harassment complaint which turned out to be TRIVIAL misunderstanding created by parents.
BANGALORE: The Lok Adalat conducted by Bangalore Urban District Legal Service Authority turned into a marriage hall on Wednesday, as a couple who were separated over a domestic violence were reunited.
The Lok Adalat headed by City Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Ravindranath, convinced the couple Vadiraj (29) and Thripthi (28) to live together with their one-and-half-year-old son Ramaskanda.
The court hall turned into a mini marriage ceremony, after the couple decided to reunite and pleased judges also arranged a small programme to celebrate their ‘remarriage’. The couple’s advocate KC Gnanamurthy said, “We advocates must do this kind of service and not separate families, just to get cases.”
The mood at the Lok Adalat suddenly changed with the news and staff distributed sweets, while the couple exchanged garlands and took blessings of the CMM.
Vadiraj, who works as Assistant General Manager, in a private company married Thripthi on July 11, 2008. Soon after their marriage, Thripthi alleged harassment by her in laws and decided to go back to her parent’s house. Gnanamurthy said Thripthi was pregnant during the incident and stated that the misunderstanding between the couple was due to a trivial reason, created by their parents.
Gnanamurthy said, Thripthi filed a dowry harassment case with the Yelahanka New Town Police station on October 22, 2009 based on which Vadiraj and four of his relatives spent 14 days in jail. But the couple have finally decided to reconsider and Thripthi withdrew all the cases she had filed against Vadiraj and his family