Indian couple break mother's ribs, gouges her eyes out in Dubai

Updated: Jun 20, 2019, 16:18 IST | mid-day online desk

"I found his mother on the floor... She was in a critical condition and needed urgent medical treatment. I called the ambulance."

Indian couple break mother's ribs, gouges her eyes out in Dubai
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Dubai: In a shocking case coming to light from Dubai, an Indian-origin man and his wife have charged for physically assaulting his mother, causing her bone and rib fractures, internal bleeding as well as severe burns. Reportedly, the mother later succumbed to injuries.

The accused and his 28-year-old wife had allegedly tortured the elderly woman multiple times. They had physically assaulted her by cut her right eye iris out and part of her other eye.

The man and his 28-year-old wife, whose identity have not been revealed, tortured the elderly woman repeatedly and they even cut her right eye iris out and part of her other eye.

During the First Instance hearing at the court in Dubai, the accused couple had tortured the elderly woman from July 2018 till October 2018. While a forensic doctor revealed that the elderly woman weighed just 29 kg at the time of her death.

Reportedly, the accused couple has been arrested by the city police but they denied the charge. A case was registered at Al Qusais police station.

The alleged incident saw the light of the day after their 54-year-old neighbour, who is a hospital employee, spotted an elderly woman lying down in her neighbours' balcony. The Indian witness recounted how the man's wife visited her at her apartment in the same building.

"She was then holding her daughter. She claimed that her mother-in-law had come from India but did not take proper care of their daughter and that the girl would often fall sick while in her care. She wanted me to look after the girl until she came back from work."

About three days later, the witness spotted an elderly woman lying down in her neighbours' balcony. "That woman was almost naked with apparent burn marks on her body. I informed the security guard," she said.

The witness said she then knocked on the couple's door.

"I found his mother on the floor... She was in a critical condition and needed urgent medical treatment. I called the ambulance."

The witness recalled how the mother cried and screamed in pain when the paramedics tried to carry her because of the burns she had.

"The defendant remained in the flat and did not go with his mother. I told the paramedics he should go along. He went later after they talked him into it."

A Filipino paramedic, 36, recalled how he found the victim in a very bad shape in her son's flat.

"She was in awful pain. Her hands and legs were swollen and her legs bore burn marks. Her son claimed she had poured hot water on herself when we asked him about the cause of the burn injuries. He was standing far from her, apparently indifferent about her condition."

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The paramedic added that the son did not help carry his mother to the ambulance while the neighbours, who were around, stepped in to help.

"She was tortured repeatedly over a short span of time. Burns covered 10 per cent of her body. The bone and rib fractures, internal bleeding, beating with different tools, burns, negligence and starvation have all led to the deterioration of her health condition," the doctor said.

According to a hospital certificate, the woman died on October 31, 2018.

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The trial has been adjourned until July 3 and the couple will remain in custody till then.

(With inputs from PTI)

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