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The nurse died in the U.K.

Her relationship with husband was not smooth

Foreign writs can be issued when rights are violated

KOCHI: The High Court on Wednesday directed the Ministry of External Affairs to inform the United Kingdom, through British High Commission, to take all possible steps to see that the cremation/funeral of a nurse who died there does not take place before June 2.

Justice R. Basant and Justice M.C. Harirani issued the directive on a writ petition filed by Lilly Francis, the nurse’s mother.

While issuing a notice to the Funeral Director, Salisbury, U.K., through the British High Commissioner, the court adjourned the case to June 2.

In her petition, Lilly Francis from Thrissur had said her daughter Mini, employed in the Salisbury District Hospital as a staff nurse, was married off to one Augel Chowallur Francis.

He went to the U.K. after the marriage and landed the job of a technician in the same hospital.

The relationship was not smooth and he had kept her relatives and friends away, the complaint stated.

The petitioner said her daughter had complained of harassment over phone on March 21. Five hours later, she received a call from her son-in-law saying that she was ‘sinking.’

He had reportedly assured his wife’s kin of taking the body to her native place. He did not keep his promise, the petition said.

Ms. Francis alleged that he was trying to bury the body on May 29. The petition stated that the ‘detention of the body in the U.K. by her husband was not good in law.’

She also pointed out that an appeals court in that country had ruled in 1994 that foreign writs could be issued when human rights were violated.