Kerala Dowry Death Case: Deceased Woman's Husband Surrenders Before Police

A case was registered by the police against S Kiran Kumar, who is a Motor Vehicle Department official, based on a complaint filed by his deceased wife Vismaya s Nair's family following her death.

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Vismaya husband surrenders before police: The husband of a 24-year-old woman, who died two days after sending images and messages about facing domestic abuse to her cousin, surrendered before police on the night of June 21. Vismaya V Nair's family had said that her husband was not happy with the car that was gifted to him at his wedding, as a part of a dowry.

*Trigger warning: This article contains details of physical abuse, harassment.

According to a report by The News Minute, Nair's husband S Kiran Kumar had surrendered before the Sooranad police on Monday night. Nair was found dead at Kumar's residence in Sasthamnada near Sasthamkotta in Kollam district the same day. A case was registered by the police against Kumar, who is a Motor Vehicle Department official, based on a complaint filed by Nair's family following her death. According to Sooranad police, Kumar is being questioned in the matter.

Vismaya S Nair, a final year Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery student and S Kiran Kumar got married in March 2020, in an arranged alliance. The deceased woman's family claims that they offered Kumar 100 sovereigns, one acre land and a Toyota Yaris car as dowry. They allege that Kumar was however not happy with the car and wanted the family to sell it off and give him cash instead.

Kumar allegedly began to assault Nair when his demands were not fulfilled by her family. During one such incident he assaulted Nair in front of her family who took him to the police station. The family later opted for compromise and Vismaya S Nair stayed back with her parents. However Kumar and Vismaya moved in back together three months ago, after which she reportedly wasn't in touch with her father and brother. The woman however was in touch with her mother and confided about the abuse to her.

Two days ago she sent a series of WhatsApp messages to a cousin, along with numerous pictures that documented injuries she had sustained after her husband physically abused her. Nair also told her cousin that her husband assaulted her after coming back home from work. Detailing the abuse further, she wrote that he would also kick her in her face. Read more about the case here.

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