The Hindu – BANGALORE, June 6, 2013
Woman gets Rs. 10 lakh for custodial death of husband
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to give Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to a 26-year-old woman whose husband died after being allegedly tortured by the police in Bellary.
Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar passed the order while allowing a petition filed by Kadiyam alias Kondapalli Saraswathi, a resident of Marrigudem village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.
She alleged that her husband, Prasad, died after “third degree torture” by the Cowl Bazaar police in January 2007.
The court said the amount should be recovered from the police personnel who were in charge at the station during the incident. Some of the accused have been convicted by the jurisdictional court.
Ms. Saraswathi claimed that the police detained her husband, who was working as a cleaner in a lorry, on January 24, 2007, and beat him black and blue.
As her husband was the sole earning member of the family, she claimed a compensation of Rs. 30 lakh as she had to look after two young daughters.
(This is a case intervened by SICHREM during the National Project of Preventing Torture in India. SICHREM’s counsel Adv Siji Malayil appeared for the victim’s family.)