Woman unable to choose between parents, husband
CHENNAI: Caught between her husband and her parents, a 25-year-old M Phil degree-holder expressed contrasting views — one inside the court and another as she was coming out of it — on Monday, and ended up in a Government Home in Mylapore.
It was high drama on the Madras High Court premises when Deepa, who was produced before a division bench comprising Justice M Chockalingam and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, following a habeas corpus writ petition by her husband Manimaran, told the court that she wanted to go with her parents but changed her mind when she came out.
When her father, Sakthivel, and some relatives tried to drag Deepa towards a car despite her protests and cries, advocates on the premises intervened. Deepa was again produced before the judges in their chambers, where Advocate R C Paul Kanakaraj told them she wanted to join her husband but was being prevented by her father and his henchmen.
The bench, in its second brief order, said, “In appraisement of the situation and in view of the safety of the detenue”, Deepa will stay at the government home “until further orders” — and made it clear that neither Manimaran nor Sakthivel should disturb her.
According to Manimaran’s advocate Y Deva Arul Prakash, the couple got married on October 10, 2008, but started living together only this June as they had been pursuing their studies –– Manimaran was doing his BL. On August 13, Sakthivel took his daughter away by force, prompting the habeas corpus petition seeking that she be produced in court. Both Deepa and Manimaran are Dalits but he is a Christian, whereas she is a Hindu.