In an unusual incident in the Family Court here, a
woman lawyer allegedly consumed a poisonous substance in the court
hall on Wednesday.
She was identified as Rajashree Barik and is undergoing treatment in
the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).
According to reports, Barik is also a respondent to a case filed by her
husband Santan Barik, seeking divorce under section 13(1) of the
Hindu Marriage Act.
Pertaining to the case, Sanatan was to be cross- examined by the
counsel of Rajashree on Wednesday. Since her lawyer was
unavailable at that period, Rajashree presented herself as a lawyer to
cross examine Sanatan (her husband).
After a part of cross- examination, she pleaded for time and the
proceeding of the case was adjourned. After the case the hearing of
other cases too were heard by the Judge.
However, at about 1 pm during pack -up time (the working hour for
Baleswar Court is from 7 am to 1 pm), one lawyer noticed Rajashree
sitting beside him and writing something on a piece of paper while
weeping. When he asked about the reason, she divulged that she had
consumed pesticide showing the bottle containing some liquid. She
reportedly said that she felt humiliated (the reason yet to be
ascertained) and procured the pesticide from a nearby market and
consumed the same to end her life. She was immediately rushed to the
DHH by a woman colleague in a private vehicle.
Notably, cases of marital discord between the couple, Rajashree and
Sanatan surfaced in the Family Court since 2011, their marriage year.
And, several cases including divorce, maintenance, interim
maintenance and EMI for the house they constructed on a plot in the
town, etc., were filed by either of the parties against each other.
Sanatan while is serving in the paramilitary force, Rajashree was
earlier a homemaker and after completing Law degree, is practicing
advocacy. As a lawyer she is also conducting cases for others. The
couple has two sons out of their wedlock, reports added.