The Delhi High Court has directed the city police to provide due protection to a disabled man, a school teacher, who apprehended threat to his life from his estranged wife, who he claimed has been harassing their son too.
Justice Najmi Waziri directed the Station House Officer of the area concerned to assess the threat faced by the petitioner and accord him due protection.
That is not all.
The judge has also directed that “[t]he SHO shall also sensitize the respondent no. 2 (wife of the petitioner) about the petitioner’s safety and security and that nobody can be permitted to take the law into their own hands”.
In the instant case, the petitioner is wheelchair bound and aggrieved of multiple atrocities committed upon him by his wife.
His counsel Aditya Aggarwal said the petitioner is physically handicapped and fears for his life and limb.
He told the court that the petitioner and the respondent got married in year 2000 and the petitioner was subjected to harassment by his wife who sought control of his parental properties.
When a child was born to them in year 2014, the woman subjected him also to torture.
Aggarwal presented photographs before the high court which showed the woman damaging the modified three-wheeler used by the petitioner. There were also photographs of the woman harassing their son.
The court was also informed that the woman has forcibly taken their son with her and now the petitioner fears for his safety.
“…the petitioner shall be provided with telephone numbers of two police officers from the jurisdiction of the concerned Police Station. These numbers shall be kept operational at all times so that any exigency can be intimated on either of the numbers by the petitioner. It is assured to the Court that any message received on the said numbers or on any other telephone number of the police either by way of a telephone call or SMS shall be immediately responded to.
“Additionally, the beat Constable/Division Staff of the area shall regularly visit the residence of the petitioner on a daily basis and report the same in the Roznamcha. The safety and security of the petitioner shall be assessed by the SHO on a weekly basis with due endorsement of the same in the Roznamcha,” ordered the court.
It has directed that the matter being a matrimonial dispute be listed before the mediation center.