Kannur: The police arrested a woman here for thrashing her 90-year-old grandmother at home on Monday. Uppalavalappil Deepa, 39, daughter of the late Narayanan, Ayikkara, faces charges of 'wrongful restrainment and voluntarily causing hurt using dangerous weapons or means.' Circle inspector K.V. Pramod said the woman was later released on bail as she was mentally unsound and needed counselling.
Separated from her husband seven years ago, she had been staying with mother Janaki and maternal grandmother Kalyani at a small house with her nine-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. On March 14, someone shot a video of her beating the grandma with clothes, hands and sandals. It reached Kannur DySP K. Sadanandan who initiated action. According to neighbours, Deepa, a tailor at a nearby shop, had shown symptoms of mental illness and was taking care of the entire family. The police sent her for medical examination after the family court judge, officials from social justice department and Bhoomika arrived. Janaki and Kalyani are now under the care of Athani, an NGO accommodating the destitute.