Thrown out of home by stepsons, woman protests outside house
The woman said that after the death of her husband her stepsons had started harassing her and pressurising her to leave the sprawling mansion.Updated: Jun 07, 2017 20:29 IST
An elderly woman, along with women’s rights activists, camped outside her C-Scheme area home in Jaipur to protest for allegedly being thrown out of the house by her stepsons.
The sprawling mansion was locked during the day with only guards seen inside. The stepsons had reportedly left.
Ranju Bhandari (64) married Sagarmal Bhandari in 2005 and lived in his home. In 2013, Sagarmal died of swine flu. Ranju said that after his death, Sagarmal’s two sons from his previous marriage started harassing her and pressurising her to leave the house.
When Ranju returned from Japan on May 24 after visiting her brother, her stepsons allegedly refused to let her enter the house. “They did not open the door. Instead, they made me sit in a car and kept driving around the city for three hours, asking me to take two crore rupees, a flat or a car, but to leave their house,” she said.
Ranju said that her stepsons tried to get her to sign two documents, which she refused. For 15 days, the woman has been trying to unsuccessfully enter the house.
The police, she said, registered a FIR three days later and only after the intervention of a minister.
Asha Bothra of Meera Sansthan, an organisation working for women’s security and issues, said the police have said that they will take action once they have heard both the sides. “First, they should ensure that she is allowed to enter the house and then hear both the sides. This is also a violation of The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act,” she said.
The two stepsons could not be reached on phone despite repeated attempts.
The police, however, said that it’s not within their jurisdiction to break open locks. “We have lodged a case and are investigating the matter. The woman should write a complaint to the sub-divisional magistrate on this matter as it requires judicial action,” said Bala Ram, SHO of Ashok Nagar police station.
Ranju said that she had also visited the SDM but to no avail.
Birdi Chand Gangwal, the SDM (south), said that does not remember much about the case as the woman visited him around eight days ago.
First Published: Jun 07, 2017 20:29 IST