Assault on newly-wed woman in Kerala: Blue Corner notice against husband

The Blue Corner notice comes in the wake of a lookout circular that was issued against the accused husband— Rahul P Gopal —by the police.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 17, 2024 | 2:57 PMUpdatedMay 18, 2024 | 4:23 AM

Dowry harassment

A Blue Corner notice has been issued by Interpol against a man accused of brutally assaulting and attempting to kill his newly-wed wife in this district, police said on Friday, 17 May, amidst speculations that he may have fled to Germany where he works.

A senior police officer of Kozhikode city confirmed that the Blue Corner notice has been issued and that it has been in effect since Thursday, 16 May.

“A request was sent to Interpol through the Ministry of External Affairs for issuing it,” the officer said.

A Blue Corner notice is issued by the international police cooperation body, Interpol, to collect additional information from its member countries about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.

The Blue Corner notice comes in the wake of a lookout circular that was issued against the accused husband— Rahul P Gopal —by the police.

On Tuesday, 14 May, allegations by the bride and her family against the accused man surfaced and were aired on TV channels.

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Assault, and attempt to murder

They alleged that he brutally assaulted and attempted to kill his wife following an argument over dowry, barely a week after their wedding on 5 May.

The incident came to light, when the woman’s family visited her, and noticed bruises on her face. However, the victim at first was reluctant to share with her parents, upon continuous persistence from the family, she revealed the ordeal to her family.

The father further referring to dowry harassment victims who lost their lives said, “I don’t want my daughter’s fate to be like that of Vismaya and Uthara. I approached the police with that intention. But they mocked me. They told me that the Vismaya case was fabricated by the media.”

It is alleged that the police initially charged Rahul under bailable sections of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

The in-laws of the bride have denied the allegation that they had demanded dowry.

Gopal’s mother had claimed that her daughter-in-law was refusing to stay in the matrimonial home and that led to an argument and subsequent fight between the couple.

“We never demanded dowry as we do not require it,” the woman had said.

Besides the police action, both the Kerala Women’s Commission (KWC) and the State Human Rights Commission are also looking into the issue and have sought reports from the investigating agency.

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Police inaction

The KWC had also slammed the police for allegedly not taking the woman’s complaint seriously initially.

The woman had alleged that the police in Pantheerankavu, where her matrimonial home is located, did not register a case of attempted murder despite her complaint clearly stating that her husband tried to strangle her using a mobile phone charging cable.

She and her family had also alleged that the police tried to settle the matter.

Following the intense criticism of the police from all quarters, including the Congress-led UDF opposition, a new investigative team was constituted to probe the case.

(With PTI inputs)