TUTICORIN: A fast track mahila court in Tuticorin on Friday sentenced a 38-year-old man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for abetting the suicide of his wife.
The suicide happened in 2014. D Lawrence and Shyamala (both 32 years old in 2014) got married in October 2006 but did not have children even eight years after their marriage.
Special public prosecutor V Subashini said the couple had lived in Chennai and undergone treatment for having a child, but in vain. They shifted to Alanthalai in Tuticorin district, where Lawrence worked as a daily wage earner.
“He persistently called her a barren woman as she could not give birth to a child. This pushed her to take the extreme step,” the public prosecutor said.
On October 20, 2014, five days before their eighth wedding anniversary, Shyamala asked Lawrence to buy meat. Lawrence told her that he would not buy meat for her as she was barren. Upset over this, she consumed poison and died.
The Kulasekarapattinam police booked Lawrence under Section 306 (punishment for abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint filed by Shyamala’s father Devadas.
On completion of the trial, mahila court sessions judge V Pandiaraj sentenced the man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.