Thiruvananthapuram

Women’s body asks builder to submit papers

Intervention on plea that the building destroys part of adjacent personal property

Builders of an apartment complex were summoned and asked to produce documents by the Kerala State Women’s Commission at an adalat here on Sunday.

The commission’s intervention comes on a complaint by an elderly woman that the construction of the 18-storey apartment had destroyed the floor, walls, and compound wall of her house at Mukkolakkal here.

Commission member E.M. Radha had visited the spot to take stock of the situation following the woman’s plea. Construction material would be rushed to the site at night.

The woman’s house was full of dust. Cracks had developed on the walls. The compound wall had collapsed.

The construction was suspected to be unauthorised and hence the builders were asked to produce documents, she said.

The adalat also summoned a man who installed a camera in a hall adjacent to the bathroom to keep an eye on his wife.

The man claimed that his mother and wife were at loggerheads and the camera was installed to monitor the situation.

Physical abuse

The commission had earlier intervened on a complaint that the wife was being physically abused.

However, on her complaint that the situation had not changed, the man and his mother were summoned to the adalat.

The commission asked him to remove the camera, which intruded on a person’s privacy, from the hall and if needed install it outside.

The three-day adalat considered 600 cases of which 222 were disposed of. Reports were sought in 34 cases, and 12 cases were sent for counselling.

As many as 332 cases in which the petitioners did not appear or on which more proceedings were needed were postponed to the next adalat.

Commission member Shahida Kamal and director V.U. Kuriakose led the adalat.

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