"The attacker [Saravanan] first tried to slit the woman's throat"
An Indian husband identified as Saravanan, aged 44, from Chennai, was arrested on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, for trying to stab his wife in court.
Saravanan, who works as a bus driver for Metropolitan Transport Corporation, tried to attack Varalakshmi at Madras High Court.
The incident occurred after an argument broke out between the couple as they have been in the midst of a divorce case. The couple’s divorce case has been going on for 10 years.
Saravanan had become frustrated over the stretched court proceedings. Following the hearing, the couple stepped out of the courtroom and an argument broke out.
Reportedly, Saravanan had asked Varalakshmi several times to come to a compromise and accept the divorce.
However, Varalakshmi demanded that her husband provide her with monthly maintenance.
The combination of the ongoing argument and the case not coming to an end made Saravanan angry. It was then that he attacked Varalakshmi.
According to witnesses, there was a loud noise as Saravanan attempted to harm his estranged wife with a knife.
Nearby lawyers were quick to stop Saravanan and overpowered him. Court security was informed about the incident.
Advocate Krishnamoorthy was among the lawyers who prevented Saravanan from attacking his wife. He said:
“The attacker [Saravanan] first tried to slit the woman’s throat but missed and then attacked her at her chest leaving a cut.
“We [lawyers] stopped him immediately and then called the police.
“He was violent and got angry when we stopped him. He was screaming and asked us not to interfere.”
Krishnamoorthy also questioned the mistake made by security as to how Saravanan was able to get a knife inside the court building in the first place.
Following the attack, Saravanan was arrested and sent to prison by the court. Varalakshmi was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai for treatment.
Judge Ilangovan had been presiding over another case when the incident happened.
As well as the divorce case, Saravanan had also been fighting a dowry harassment case filed by his estranged wife at a magistrate court in Tambaram, Tamil Nadu.
As a result of the attack, the High Court registered a case against Saravanan under sections 307, 294 (B), 506 (II) and 228 of the Indian Penal Code.
The charges represent: attempt to murder, abusing, criminal intimidation and whoever intentionally offers any insult or causes any interruption to any public servant.