Vismaya Dowry Death case; Kollam Court pronounces husband Kiran Kumar guilty

The Additional Sessions Court at Kollam on May 23 pronounced that Kiran Kumar, husband of the Vismaya has been found guilty of the dowry death that shocked the entire state a few months ago. The court has found Kiran Kumar, guilty on charges of dowry death (304b) 498 a (husband subjecting to cruelty) 306 (abetment to suicide ), and section 3 and 4 of the dowry prohibition act. 

The death of the medical student of Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines has sparked outrage over the rise in dowry deaths in the state and cases regarding the same have been coming over the days. The 24-year-old Visamaya was found hanging in the bathroom of Kiran Kumar’s house at Sasthamkotta in the Kollam district. 

The family of Vismaya had ledged that the husband tortured her over the matter of dowry and her death was reported on June 2021. Following developments surrounding the death, the state govt removed him from his job at its Motor Vehicle department.  According to the prosecution, Kiran used to argue with Vismaya demanding more dowry as he was a government employee. 

According to the police, Kiran was not happy with the car that Vismaya’s family had given him and wanted a different model. The police had found photos of Vismaya with injuries after Kiran assaulted her and also used voice clips and phone recordings as evidence. His continuous torture has driven the medical student to think about a suicidal attempt and she did it her way. 

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Before Visamaya’s death, the girl made several attempts to convince the family of the situation she was going through. She sent voice messages to her parents saying that her husband want her to gift him a dowry of luxurious items. In the voice message, she told that if she continued to stay at her husband’s house, she might commit suicide, and hence, she could not stay there anymore. his was also one of the primary pieces of evidence submitted to the court during the trial. 

The court verdict that came out on May 23 gives a state of relief to the family of Vismaya. They call it -justice was delivered. During the trial 42 witnesses, 102 documents, and several call records were examined by the court. The 500-page charge sheet submitted by the police said that Vismaya committed suicide due to dowry harassment. The punishment under the charges will be pronounced by the court on May 24 taking up the case again.