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National Commission for Women takes note, assures action
HYDERABAD, Aug 6 (The CONNECT) – In a high-profile domestic violence case, a shocking incident of a doctor beating his wife, hailing from a renowned corporate family, has come to light.
In fact, former CMD of Gleneagles Global hospital Dr K Ravindranath has been accused of an attempt to murder his wife Adilakshmi on June 2 at Hyderabad.
Adilakshmi Kancherla, daughter of late Lagadapati Amarappa Naidu after whom the LANCÔ group is named, named her husband Dr. Ravindranath Kancherla, CMD of Global Hospitals, in her FIR. Check PDF for the FIR.
She told the police that her husband abused her and got furious, uncontrollable, for not obeying his orders to sign some legal documents. As she insisted on reading the papers before signing, he allegedly broke her phone and physically assaulted her. He broke her fingers, pushed her to the ground and kicked her abdomen and chest. He tried to strangle her while she begged him to stop, the FIR said.
Adilakshmi said she managed to run out of her residence and took her daughter’s help to lodge the complaint at the Jubilee Hills Police station. She suffered grievous injuries on her fingers, abdomen and neck. She has undergone surgery for a fractured finger at Apollo hospital. She has a fractured rib and currently suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - a psychiatric disorder. Doctors say that this is because of the traumatic incident that she has experienced.
She said she tolerated the torture for 41 years, hoping that he would change as they aged. “I was fooled by him many times in the past. I will pursue my fight till the time he is punished,” she said.
More than two months since FIR has been filed, and she is still fighting for justice. The accused continues to be on the board of many reputed companies like Gleneagles GH, Penna Cement Industries, Laurus Labs etc.
Meanwhile, Adilakshmi approached National Commission for Women (NCW). And her fight against her husband has got wide support from unknown quarters. Many men, women and social activists, globally, are actively supporting her.
The hashtags created for this cause - #JusticeForAdilakshmi and #OustRavindranath are trending. Her crusade reached out to 20,000 netizens.
Post the filing of FIR, Adilaksmi has been subjected to a tremendous pressure from politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen – all friends of Dr Ravindranath - to settle the matter internally and drop the FIR.
Adilakshmi requested all Doctors Associations, General Public and Women’s Rights activists to voice out this issue to get her justice. She doesn’t want to commit suicide, though at one stage she developed such tendencies.
“I will fight it out till justice is done. I will do so not just for me but for all other women who have been suffering domestic violence in silence,” she said. She wants to spend her life peacefully doing social service.
Adilakshmi who was thrown out of the house just with the clothes she wore, is now shelter-less and is staying with her daughter. Adilakshmi’s daughter @SailajaKancher1 tweeted: FIR filled against Dr Kancherla Ravindranath of Gleneagles Global Hospital on attempt to murder
In a series of tweets, Sailaja described her mother’s plight.
Adilakshmi has drawn the attention of the National Commission for Women. Rights platform @AdishaktiP tweeted: "We are extremely grateful to @sharmarekha Ma'am, Chairperson National Commission for Women for giving us audience and extending her support. For those who are unfortunate victims of domestic violence, National Commission for Women is where you should seek help.”
@sailajaKancher1 also had grouse against media. “No major National or regional media of Telangana (except HMTV news) has covered this due to Dr Ravindranath’s close association with Media houses. Media supporting a serial abuser who violently attacked a woman is shameful and shocking,” she alleged.
On Adilakshmi’s petition, Telangana High Court ordered the police not to harass her.