A local court on Monday remanded the Lucknow-based dental surgeon, who allegedly tortured his wife, the niece of a Maharashtra cabinet minister, and hid from her the fact that he was HIV infected before marriage, to magisterial custody for 15 days.
The dental surgeon's mother, who was arrested along with him in the same case, however, was released on bail. The accused, Harshawardhan, who was in police custody till April 23, had filed a bail application before the court that was rejected on Monday.
Harshawardhan had married the girl from Nagpur in November 2000. Daughter of a prominent city lawyer, Meena (name changed) was initially unaware her husband was HIV-positive. She told the police that he used to leave Lucknow frequently after the marriage. Meena finally learnt the truth in 2003 when she fell ill and was taken to a hospital in Lucknow. As her health deteriorated, a thorough check-up revealed the shocking news. She later learnt Harshawardhan used to visit Ayurved hospitals at Hyderabad and Bijapur in the south for his HIV treatment.
When the poor girl confronted her husband about it, he and her in-laws began to torture her physically and mentally, the police said. Later, she was even barred from contacting her parents at Nagpur.
Later her father became suspicious and came to Lucknow along with her older sister. They saw her lying in a pathetic condition and brought her to Nagpur. She was admitted to local hospital where the report again confirmed the worst!
Talking to Hindustan Times, YA Deshmukh, the investigation officer of Dhantoli police station said that the local police have taken all necessary steps to substantiate that Harshawardha was infected with the HIV virus before marriage.
However, a prominent city lawyer pointed out that in such crimes, there would be no conviction because of the absence of any provision in the existing law. There is a need to look into the new dimensions of the crimes that are developing now, he added.