A clip of the CCTV footage of a retired Hyderabad High Court judge, his wife and son allegedly manhandling their daughter-in-law has gone viral on the social media, giving a new twist to the six-month-old dowry harassment case.
The video shows Sindhu Sharma being dragged and pushed by the trio even as her two daughters were watching in horror.
The 30-year-old woman released the CCTV footage, alleging that Nooty Ramamohana Rao, his wife Nooty Durga Jayalakshmi and their son Nooty Vashishta resorted to violence against her.
The CCTV footage is claimed to be of the night of 20 April at the former judge's house in the posh Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. She was subsequently admitted to a corporate hospital.
Sindhu Sharma, who had married Vashisht in 2012, filed a case of domestic violence and harassment for dowry against him and her in-laws in April this year.
On her complaint, the Central Crime Station registered a case against Rammohan Rao, his wife Lakshmi and their son Vashishta, charging them under sections 498-A (punishment for subjecting a married woman to cruelty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code and Dowry Prohibition Act.
The video has surfaced a couple of days before the next hearing in the case. Police said they have not received any videos but their request for permission to search the former judge's house is likely to be heard by the court next week.
However, according to an affidavit filed in the court, the retired judge's family has denied the allegations of domestic violence and dowry harassment. They claimed that Sindhu Sharma attempted to commit suicide twice and they had to pull and restrain her from consuming a bottle of poison she was carrying.
(With inputs from IANS)