A city doctor was sentenced by the Mahila Court to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for harassing his wife and thereby driving her to commit suicide.

Meena Satheesh, Judge of the Mahila Court, convicted P. Anil Thomas (37), a doctor, who had married Nisha Jacob alias Suma, a dentist in Kollam, in 1999. After the marriage, the couple had moved to Chennai and were living in the Egmore Railway Quarters.

Thomas was working as a medical officer in the Railway Hospital at Sulurpet. They had two daughters.

According to the prosecution, the couple had frequent quarrels and Thomas used to beat his wife. Nisha was not allowed to talk to her parents, but she used to send emails to her brother, working in Saudi Arabia. In the mails, she stated that her husband was not allowing her to visit her parents in Kerala or even talk with them over phone.

On June 27, 2007, Nisha was on her way to her parents’ house along with her children. While she was sitting in the general compartment of Trivandrum Mail, Thomas came there, took the tickets saying that he would arrange for berths, and then tore up the tickets. He brought them back to their house and beat her up. Nisha hung herself the very next day.