Sushila in Siliguri on Friday. Picture by Kundan Yolmo
Siliguri, Aug. 9: A 75-year-old woman today filed an FIR with Pradhannagar police against her daughter, son-in-law and a neighbour alleging that they assaulted her and threw her out of her house last night.
Chunmun and Sushil Gupta, the daughter and son-in-law of Sushila Devi, had been warned by a court in August last year that they must not torture their mother or try to take away her belongings.
Sushila, a resident of Jyotinagar Colony in Champasari on the outskirts of Siliguri, alleged that the couple tortured her despite the court stricture.
Last night, Chunmun, Sushil and a neighbour Nimai Sil started banging on the door of her room. “Around 11pm, they started banging on the door. When I refused to let them in, they broke the door and started assaulting me. They pulled me by the hair and threw me out of the house,” the elderly lady said.
“It was raining heavily that time. A neighbour gave me shelter for the night. In the morning, I saw that the tin roof of my house was broken and the concrete walls damaged. My gold ornaments, TV set, utensils and important documents had been stolen. I have filed an FIR against them at Pradhannagar police station,” she added.
Sushila has been staying in the two-room house since her husband died in 1995.
All her three daughters are married.
Chunmun, her second daughter, and Sushil have been staying with Sushila for the past eight years.
Sushila’s youngest daughter Anita, who lives in Jalpaiguri, alleged that Chunmum and her husband have been torturing the mother after they started staying in her house.
In July last year, Sushila and her other two daughters filed a case of domestic violence against Chunmun and Sushil.
In August, the judicial magistrate, first court, passed an interim order that stated the couple “are prohibited from committing any act of domestic violence upon the petitioner or aiding or abetting in the commission of acts of domestic violence upon the petitioner”.
The court also said the couple must not “alienate” the elderly woman from her “assets”, such as bank lockers and accounts “used or held or enjoyed by both parties jointly”.
“The respondents are also restrained from dispossessing or in any manner disturbing the possession of the aggrieved person from shared household,” the court said.
Anita today said: “My eldest sister Shashi and I told them several times to stop torturing our mother. We had no option but to take legal steps. But even after the court’s order they did not stop torturing her.”
She said: “My mother will stay with my sister Shashi who has a house at Second Mile on Sevoke Road.”
Lawyers Siddhi Sethia, Reema Sarkar and Chayanika Bhattacharjee, who are representing Sushila, said this year in April the court had passed another order asking Chunmun and her husband to vacate the house.
“They tortured her physically after the court order. When we brought this to the notice of the court, another order was passed asking them to vacate the house. Chunmun appealed against the order and it has been stayed until the next hearing,” Sethia said.
“We have received the complaint and we are investigating the matter,” an officer of Pradhannagar police station said.
Sushil could not be contacted despite several attempts.