Staff Reporter

Five cases settled at Women’s Commission sitting

Kozhikode: A young married Muslim woman from Puthupady grama panchayat in the district has approached the Kerala State Women’s Commission with a request to prove her paternity.

The woman appeared at the sitting of the Commission here on Wednesday. However, the son of the person, whom she claims to be her father, produced a medical certificate that his father was indisposed and unable to appear at the sitting. Commission member T. Devi said the Commission had decided to examine the veracity of the medical certificate produced. It will try to record the statement of the person whom the woman claims to be her father either at the man’s house or if he was healthy enough, his statement could be recorded at the police station near his residence.

The Commission, based on the outcome, will decide to go in for DNA test. The cost of DNA test is Rs. 20,000. If the DNA test goes against the woman, a case will be registered against her. According to the woman, her mother was a farm worker as well as domestic help with the person claimed to be the father.

In another complaint, the Commission decided to provide legal aid to a woman, Girija, who had been cheated by a real estate agent.

The middleman had not handed over the entire money due to her for the sale of her property of 25.5 cents for Rs. 19.12 lakh in Panniyankara in the city.

The agent, who hails from Thiruvannur, had given only Rs 2 lakh to Girija. When she raised the issue she got back property worth Rs 4 lakh. The Commission will employ an advocate for Girija to file a case to get back the remaining amount. Steps would be taken to give police protection to Girija.

The Commission has decided to summon Mohandas, the brother of a 43-year-old woman Pushpamani from Marad who had demanded protection from her brother. According to Pushpamani, her brother, Mohandas was abusing and threatening her ever since she married a widower.

The Commission in its sitting on Wednesday took up 24 cases. Five cases were settled. Commission superintendent, S.Rajasekharan also participated in the sitting.