DMK MLA’s son, daughter-in-law held for allegedly harassing domestic help in Chennai

"During the investigation, the 18-year-old maidservant said the couple harassed and assaulted her," a release said.


Published Jan 26, 2024 | 4:14 PMUpdatedJan 26, 2024 | 4:14 PM

DMK MLA son harassing domestic help.

The son and daughter-in-law of a legislator from the ruling DMK were arrested and remanded to judicial custody allegedly for harassing their teenaged domestic help, the police said on Friday, 26 January.

The couple, Anto Mathivanan, 35, and his wife Maarlina, 32, of Thiruvanmiyur in Chennai, were arrested after a police team under the inspector of the Neelangarai All Women Police Station went to the Ulundurpet Government Hospital and concluded the interrogation of the domestic help.

“During the investigation, the 18-year-old maidservant said that she used to work in an apartment at Thiruvanmiyur and that the couple harassed and assaulted her,” a release said.

On Friday, the police registered an FIR against Mathivanan, son of DMK MLA I Karunanidhi, and his wife Maarlina for reportedly beating and verbally abusing the domestic help belonging to Scheduled Caste.

Immediately after the news about the involvement of his son and daughter-in-law in the case spread, I Karunanidhi from the city distanced himself from the incident.

He and his son lived separately and he had no idea about the allegation, he said.

On 16 January, the Government Hospital in Ulundurpet informed the police about an 18-year-old woman undergoing treatment there for injuries on her body, leading to a police team under the Neelangarai AWPS Inspector rush to Ulundurpet for the inquiry.

“The special police team arrested Anto Mathivanan, S/o Karunanidhi, and his wife Maarlina, on 25 January and produced them before the court today and remanded them to judicial custody,” the release said.

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