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Kerala Dowry Death: Victim’s Mother Said She Endured Marital Abuse, “What Would People Say”

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Vismaya mother: In the case of dowry harassment and physical assault from Kerala that has caught national attention, the deceased victim’s mother has claimed she endured marital abuse, worried about what people would say if she left.

(Trigger Warning: The following contains details of physical assault and abuse. Reader discretion advised.) 

Revealing she knew the assault her daughter was facing, Vismaya Nair’s mother Sajitha was quoted saying, “She would call me from the bathroom, and once she told me that he hit her so badly in the face that her mouth was bleeding. I told her to come back, but she said what people say, she will somehow endure it.”

Shocking reports of 22-year-old Vismaya’s death surfaced June 21 from Kerala. Only days prior to her death, Vismaya had sent photos of assault injuries to a cousin. As per reports, her husband Kiran was unhappy with the dowry he got during their wedding last year and assaulted her multiple times during the course of their marriage.

On Tuesday, Kiran reportedly surrendered himself to the police. More details here.

Vismaya Mother Reveals Disturbing Details Of Daughter’s Marriage

Vismaya was a final year Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery student. As per her mother, she needed some money to pay her exam fee but was scared of asking Kiran. “She called me on June 20 and asked me to give her Rs 5,500 to pay her exam fees. I did not have the money and I told her to ask Kiran. She said he would shout at her,” Sajitha told media.

After living separately for a while, Kiran had picked Vismaya up from her parents’ place three months ago. Since then, Vismaya’s family claims she had been cut off from contacting them and Kiran had broken several of her phones in anger. More here. 

Vismaya’s brother and father claim not to have been informed about the abuse she was facing during marriage. “People can ask why you gave dowry, but reality is different. Dowry has to be stopped completely, no other woman should suffer this,” her brother told the press.

A day after Vismaya’s case surfaced, another incident of alleged dowry harassment death was reported from Kerala, where 24-year-old Archana was found immolated at the home she lived with her husband in. Read about the case here.