A disturbing CCTV footage, dated April 20, 2019, of a retired Madras High Court judge Nooty Ramamohana Rao, his wife and son torturing their daughter-in-law Sindhu Sharma has gone viral on social media.
The CCTV footage strengthens Sindhu Sharma’s complaint that she had lodged with the Hyderabad police on April 27 of physical and mental torture by her husband and in-laws over demand of dowry.
In the video, two couples are seen in the video, one being older and the other a younger couple. Initially, the group can be seen arguing but the verbal spat suddenly turns violent after the younger man, reportedly Nooty Ramamohana’s Rao’s son, violently pushes a woman, his wife Sindhu Sharma, and hits her.
As Sindhu Sharma gets up to retaliate, the older man, reportedly retired Madras HC judge Nooty Ramamohana Rao, tries to stop her by grabbing her arm and pushes her back on the couch. Meanwhile, a toddler, Sindhu Sharma’s daughter, is seen, clutching to her mother’s leg in the video.
Eventually, another woman enters the room through the main door and they drag Sindhu Sharma onto the floor, and all the while the toddler watches her mother being thrashed, helpless and confused. After some time another child, Sindhu’s elder daughter, comes to the room to see what is happening but is sent back inside after her father tells her to go back to her room.
A series of videos of the incident captured in the multiple CCTV cameras installed inside the house show the torture that Sindhu had to go through that horrific night.
“They were all hitting me. Later, even the house help joined in. I was severely injured and they had to rush me to Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills. In the car too, they verbally and physically attacked me. I had collapsed after the attack and they had to carry me on a stretcher,” a report by The News Minute quoted Sindhu Sharma.
“My mother-in-law kept yelling that I am mad and I needed sedatives. My clothes had been torn and I asked them to give me something to cover my body, they put a bed sheet on me,” the report further quoted Sindhu.
A medico-legal case registered by Apollo Hospital that night says that Sindhu had scratches over the left side of her breast, abrasions over her upper lip, and bruises over her right shoulder and her right forearm.
A case was registered against the former judge, his wife, son and their domestic help at the Central Crime Station (CCS) in Hyderabad on April 26. The case was filed under sections 498A (cruelty by husband and relatives), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Dowry Prohibition Act.
“The victim has not shared the video with the police. We in the past have also requested her to share photographs/videos related to the case but she refused. Our investigating officer today again asked her to share the videos. we are awaiting a response,” Joint Commissioner of Police, CCS, said.
“We have issued notices under Section 41A [arrest without a warrant] of the Code of Criminal Procedure [CRPC] to the accused. The case is under investigation, witnesses have been examined,” the police officer added
According to The News Minute Sindhu said that she had accessed the videos in April, but decided to release them only now, after her husband filed for divorce. She says she did not want to leave her kids without the care of the father, and that her in-laws had added to her vortex of trouble.