Times of India
Psychiatrist held for certifying woman mentally ill
Nov 24, 2012

A psychiatrist, who allegedly issued a false certificate declaring a healthy woman as mentally challenged, was arrested by Vanasthalipuram police on Friday. Cyberabad police said, A Shekhar Reddy, a private practitioner, was approached by advocate B Sriramulu for a certificate declaring his wife B Manjula mentally unsound. “On the request of Sriramulu, Shekhar issued a false certificate and a few prescriptions which declared that Nirmala was mentally unsound. Actually she is mentally and physically sound. During investigation, it was found that Sriramulu hatched this plan to cite it as a reason for divorce,” Vanasthalipuram SI B Raju said. Manjula lodged a complaint with police on October 31. “Sriramulu is an alcoholic and has been trying to persuade Manjulu to divorce him. As she did not accept his demand, he hatched the plan to declare her as mentally unsound by taking a certificate from the doctor,” police said. Earlier, a case of dowry harassment was registered against Sriramulu. The doctor was arrested and sent to judicial remand.