An 82-year-old widow has moved the Bombay High Court alleging her son and daughter-in-law, both police constables, have thrown her out of the room her husband owned, after harassing her.
Savitribai Sawant’s petition, filed through her lawyer Gunaratna Sadawarte, alleged that she her son, Atul, and daughter-in-law, Savita, regularly harassed her.
Atul is posted at Dongri police station and Savita is attached to RAK Marg police station. Sawant has alleged that they wanted to grab her husband’s 210-square-feet room at Ekta Co-operative Housing Society, Kalachowkie.
When Hindustan Times contacting Atul and Savita at their work places, they were said to be off duty. Their seniors refused to part with their personal telephone numbers.
Sawant had been living in the room since her husband Shankar’s death. Atul and Savita moved in in 2003, when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Sawant’s petition said she realised that her son and daughter-in-law were interested in the house rather than taking care of her when Savita allegedly started abusing and beating her. On October 25, 2008, Savita allegedly beat Sawant, pulled her hair and pushed her against a wall, causing her knee to dislocate. She was admitted to KEM Hospital, Parel, she said.
Sawant alleged that her son and daughter-in-law did not let her enter the house after that. She said she has been living at mercy of neighbours, occupying a corner in the same building and going without food for days.
Sawant lodged a complaint with the Kalachowkie police and also approached the zonal deputy commissioner of police and the police commissioner. She even approached home minister R. R. Patil but got no help, the petition alleged.
Sadawarte finally filed a writ petition in the high court in the last week of July.
A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta has directed the state government to file an affidavit in reply to her petition, scheduled to come up for further hearing on Monday.
Apart from stern action against her son and daughter-in-law, the widow has also sought possession of the room she lived in and has asked for the setting up of a tribunal as provided in the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, to hear her case and other similar cases.