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Ex-VC gets 3-yr for cruelty to daughter-in-law

COIMBATORE: A former vice-chancellor of the Periyar University in Salem in Tamil Nadu has been sentence to a three-year jail term for causing cruelty’ to his daughter-in-law.

A fast track court in Salem on Friday upheld the conviction of former vice-chancellor Dr Sethupathy Ramalingam by a lower court under section 498(A) of the IPC (husband or his kin causing cruelty to a woman). The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000.

The former academician’s daughter-in-law Sangeetha had accused him of sexual harassment, dowry harassment and physical cruelty. In August this year, a judicial magistrate court in Salem had found Ramalingam guilty on three counts cruelty, dowry harassment and sexual harassment and sentenced him to three years in jail.

Ramalingam went on an appeal before the fast track court in Salem against the lower court order. Disposing of the appeal, fast track court judge G Chandrasekharan confirmed the conviction under the section 498(A) of the IPC. However, the judge set aside the conviction under section 4 of the Prohibition of Dowry Harassment Act and sections 2 and 3 of the Sexual Harassment Act. The harassment case involving the former vice-chancellor had triggered widespread outrage in the state.

Sangeetha had married Ramalingam’s son Rajavel Sethupathy in 2008, soon after the vice-chancellor had retired. As Rajavel was an engineer based in the US, he flew back within a month after his marriage. Rajavel’s mother too was ailing and living in Coimbatore. Hence, Sangeetha was forced to live with her father-in-law in Salem. She alleged that her father-in-law misbehaved with her, demanded dowry and sexually harassed her frequently. Her complaints to her mother-in-law and husband yielded no response, she said. As the situation worsened, her father-in-law forced her to have sexual relationship with him, she said in her complaint.

“That was when the petitioner decided to flee to her parents’ house in Dharmapuri and file a police complaint against them,” public prosecutor S Bhaskaran said. The fast track court, however, acquitted the former academician on charged of dowry harassment and sexual harassment and convicted him only for causing cruelty to his daughter-in-law.

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  1. sonu
    January 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    in first two charges dowry harassment and sexual harassment the v.c acquitted means this lady had ill intention.how sameless she is,allegating her father in law sexsual harrashment falsely.such woman should be treated cruely which the VC had done

  2. sudha
    January 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    How can she will give a false statement it ius sure that VC will involve in sex harasement.Why should X-VC allow his wife to stay in coimbatore alone as he/sangeetha are here. Rajavel Stupid has not come to court once, FRaud family. made sangeetha life miserable.Rajeavel already married to a doctorand he divorced her also.doing regularly and again they were looking for girls. WORST EDUCATED FAMILY IN THE WORLD IS thier family. As an academiican he should teach gud things to others, he is ahmeless at the age of 75, is SEX a must for him.

  3. sudha
    January 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

    He should be in jail till his life ends. For spoiling 2 ladies (Sangeetha & SUDHA ) life the whole fmaily should be put in jail..

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