Household chores, going to work don’t amount to cruelty: Court | India News


MUMBAI: Finding that waking up at 4am for household chores, then going to work and returning home and doing more chores does not amount to cruelty, but was part of her responsibilities, a sessions court said acquitting a 30-year-old man and his mother on charges of abetting his wife’s 2015 suicide.
The court said Priyanka Shelar, a housekeeper who took her life in her employer’s home, belonged to the lower strata of society where women were expected to perform household chores and eke out a living to make ends meet. “It was the responsibility of Priyanka to do household work and earn for a living. Therefore, asking Priyanka to do household work apart from her work would not amount to cruelty,” the court said.
Among those to depose against Prashant Shelar (30) and Vanita (52) were Priyanka’s mother and sister. The couple married in 2014. The accused allegedly taunted her over her complexion, suspected her character, would not allow her to talk to her family and forced her to walk over six kilometre to her work place daily.
The court said whatever was stated by prosecution witnesses usually occurs in daily life of a woman of lower strata of society to which Priyanka belonged. “There was no danger to life of Priyanka. Insults, taunting and restrictions do not generally drive a person to commit suicide unless there is a persistent scuffle and mental torture with criminal mind of accused,” the court said. The court said the victim was made to walk to work as her husband could not afford to get her transport.
“The factual circumstance can’t be termed as causing mental cruelty as it a natural phenomena and could be seen generally in this stature of the family,” the court said. It said there was no clear picture as to what prompted Priyanka to die by suicide.


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