Sisters allege mistreatment by family, file complaint over threat to lives
Deccan Chronicle. | DC Correspondent
The sisters alleged lodged a police complaint, alleging that their father threw them out of their house at gunpoint and that instead of getting them married, he was looking for a bride for himself. (Representational image: DC)
Hyderabad: An internal squabble within a family of five turned ugly as the lives of two sisters of the family were allegedly threatened by their father, an ex-serviceman, and led to mistreatment, including physical abuse, at the hands of the sisters’ brother and his wife.
The sisters, G. Usha Shri and G. Swathi, lived with their father at their residence in Venkateshwara Colony of Bandlaguda Jagir. They said that their father, 65-year-old G.V. Nageshwar Rao threatened the duo with his 12-bore loaded gun.
"We have been treated as slaves since 2014, when our mother passed away due to ill health. My sister Swathi has severe pain in her spine but still, she used to wash dishes, cook food and clean floors," Usha Shri said.
The sisters alleged lodged a police complaint, alleging that their father threw them out of their house at gunpoint and that instead of getting them married, he was looking for a bride for himself.
"I work for a popular software company and take care of Swathi as she cannot work due to back pain. My brother’s wife Arthi threatens us and collects the money for electricity, internet and grocery bills. I do not have problem to pay the bills, but my concern is about Swathi, as she is very sensitive and could take an extreme step. How long can we stay in our aunt’s house? We want to stay in our house only till we get married," Usha Shri said.
The Rajendranagar police said they have taken note of the complaint, filed on December 12, and that they will ensure the women’s safety. The sisters are currently staying with their aunt and uncle.
Usha Shri said that in a repeat of the abuse, she and her sister went home on Tuesday night to collect their clothes, when their father threatened to shoot them. Panicked, they dialled the police helpline, following which officers from the Rajendranagar station warned Rao.
"But, as soon as the police left, he started using vulgar language against us," Usha Shri said.
The sector sub-inspector of police, Monika, said, "We visited the house and already warned the complainant’s father G.V. Nageshwar Rao, brother G. Durga Maheshwar Rao and sister-in-law G. Aarthi Rao. On December 13, when I went to their house, I felt that there was a threat to their lives and suggested that they stay at their aunt’s house till the matter is resolved."
"I am not aware about Tuesday’s incident, wherein the sisters were again threatened by Nageshwar Rao. I will report the matter to my senior officer, seek a legal opinion and take stern action over the domestic violence and see that justice is done to them," Monika said.