Kollam: Matters came to a head during a recent adalat of the Women's Commission held recently in Kerala's Kollam district, when a complainant and the defendant, both after the same man, ended up fist-fighting.
Both the women are the wives of a Kadakkal native. The complainant slapped the defendant on her face and she fell down during the adalat. The police had to be called in and the two were taken to the east police station.
Though a complaint was registered, both of them were let off on bail.
The Kadakkal native had married the complainant about 42 years ago. Their marital life ran into some trouble. Miffed with him, she left for a foreign country. The man then married a widow with two kids. This was about 23 years ago.
While the man was leading a happy life with his second wife, the first wife came back from abroad and demanded that her husband be returned to her. The second wife refused.
The first wife then filed a complaint to the police and the women's commission that her husband was being withheld by the other woman.
The police summoned both the women to the police station and tried for an amicable settlement. However, both women refused to back down.
The police even gave them a curious solution – ‘Let the husband stay for 15 days of a month with the first wife and the next 15 days with the second wife.’ However, the second wife informed the women's commission that they were not ready for it.
The panel has said it would issue a notice to the husband and the children to appear before it in the next adalat.
Strong action against fake complaints
State Women's Commission member M S Thara has said that strong legal action would be taken against those who approach the panel with fake complaints.
The panel made this clear while considering complaints against police officers at the mega Adalat of the state women’s commission. The panel had received four complaints against cops at various police stations in the district. And three of them were found to be fabricated.
Of the 125 complaints considered, 24 were resolved. Twelve complaints have been set aside to seek reports from various departments. Eighty-nine complaints would be considered during the next adalat.
The adalat was led by commission member M S Thara, director V U Kuriakose, and CI M Suresh Kumar.