Vismaya V Nair, a 22-year-old medical student who died by suicide in June, was found guilty of dowry death by a Kerala court on Monday. On Tuesday, the sentence for Kiran Kumar, the deceased’s husband and an additional vehicle inspector with the state motor vehicle department, will be announced.
On June 21, 2021, Vismaya V Nair (22), an ayurvedic medical student, was discovered dead in Kumar’s Kollam home under mysterious circumstances. Kumar was fired from the military after the incident.In September, he was accused under many provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 304-B (dowry death).
Vismaya committed suicide as a result of dowry harassment, according to the 500-page chargesheet. S Kiran Kumar’s husband, Additional District and Sessions Judge Sujith KN, was found guilty of Sections 306 (abettement to suicide), 498-A (any deliberate act likely to force the woman to commit suicide), and 304-B (dowry death) of the Indian Penal Code.
The couple got married In May 2020, Kumar was said to be dissatisfied with a new car that Vismaya’s father, Trivikraman Nair, had given the couple for Rs 11 lakh. In addition to the car, Trivikraman had given Kiran 1.25 acres of land and 100 sovereigns of gold as dowry when they married. Kiran, on the other hand, was accused of harassing his wife, claiming that he deserved more.
“At the time of marriage, I had given 100 sovereigns of gold, 1.20 acres of land and a new car. However, he was torturing my daughter, demanding more money. As the car, which was gifted to the couple, was bought after availing a loan, I could not meet his demand for more money, Kiran used to harass my daughter saying that the car doesn’t fit for his status. He wanted the car to be sold and the money given to him.”
Nair had texted messages to her cousin just two days before she died, revealing her husband’s horrific physical violence. Nair claimed she had told no one else about the attack. She also showed her cousin images of her face, shoulder, and hands, which showed bruises.
Following that, on the basis of a complaint lodged by Vismaya’s parents, the Sooranadu police launched a case for dowry death and matrimonial cruelty. The incident drew widespread attention across the state, with prominent figures speaking out against dowry.
Special Public Prosecutor G Mohanraj said on Monday that the prosecution would seek the harshest punishment possible for Kumar.
Outside the court, Vismaya’s father, Trivikraman Nair, told reporters that his daughter had received justice. He claimed he didn’t have the words to thank the prosecution and the investigation team for their work.