Woman’s diary points to domestic violence | Thiruvananthapuram News


Thiruvananthapuram: The police team probing the suicide of mother and daughter in Neyyatinkara found more evidence that suggested domestic violence. The investigators on Thursday recovered a notebook belonged to the deceased, Lekha, which she had been using as a daily diary. Though she was apparently using it as an account book to keep a record of daily expenditure, there were also several entries narrating mental torture that she faced from her mother-in-law Krishnamma.
Based on the latest finding, police have invoked section 498A of IPC that pertains to domestic violence. Initially, only the section for abetment of suicide was charged against the accused — Chandran, Krishnamma, Santha and Kashi. Police have also filed a report before the local magistrate apprising the judge of the addition of the new section.
Investigation officer inspector Biju V Nair, station house officer, Vellarada police station, said that the police searched the house on Thursday to find any notebooks or diaries so that they could examine the handwritings and find out who had written the suicide note. While searching, they came across the notebook.
“The handwriting in the notebook and the suicide note is similar. Having said that both the mother and daughter have similar handwriting and it needs scientific examination to ascertain who wrote the note,” the inspector said, adding that the notebook would be send to forensic science laboratory to identify this.
The book started with an entry dated January 1, 2019. The first entry said that Lekha kept similar notebooks in the past too and she had destroyed them all and was starting afresh. It also mentioned that the family was under several debts.
“It is understood from her notes that both Lekha and daughter Vaishnavi were facing severe mental torture from Krishnamma,” Nair said. Lekha expected her husband to stand up for her, but it never happened. She wanted to move away from Krishnamma and offer a safe environment for her daughter, but Chandran was always opposed to the idea. She saw the bank’s evacuation notice as a chance to sell off the house to which she had no emotional attachment whatsoever, and have a fresh starting with her husband and daughter alone. This was why she grew desperate every time when Chandran failed to find a buyer for the house.
The Canara Bank authorities have been served a notice to turn up with all documents related to the loan availed by Lekha’s family and the court documents regarding attachment within two days.

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