Kerala high court verifies Hindu woman’s ordeal, calls it ‘shocking’
KOCHI: After directly hearing Dr Shweta speak of her ordeal at the so-called yoga Centre, the Kerala high court called it shocking and directed police to submit a report on the investigation conducted on her complaint.
The court also made the state police chief a party in the case.
In an affidavit filed in the court, Dr Shweta had alleged that she was illegally detained at Shivashakti Yoga Centre at Tripunithura for 22 days and coerced to change her decision to marry a Christian. She had also alleged that 65 Hindu women were similarly detained at the Centre when she was there.
During the hearing on Tuesday, a division bench led by the chief justice interacted with Dr Shweta regarding the veracity of the statements made against the yoga Centre in the affidavit. She confirmed that the statements were true and narrated her ordeal at the hands of the activists at the Centre.
After hearing her out, the court said, “What is revealed is shocking”. The court asked whether a crime has been registered. Shweta’s counsel A Rajasimhan and the government’s counsel informed the court that a crime has already been registered on a complaint filed by Shweta to Udayamperoor police. Following this, the court directed police to file a report regarding the progress in investigation. The court also allowed Shweta to re-join her lover.
At the hearing, the court also directed that the state police chief, district police chief, Hill Palace circle inspector, and Udayamperoor sub-inspector be made parties in the case. The court ordered that a notice be sent to the yoga Centre by special messenger. Further hearing in the case has been posted to October 10th. P 4
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