Chennai: A 24-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide after her husband justified his extra-marital affair citing the recent Supreme Court verdict that adultery is no more a punishable offence. Pushpalatha hanged herself on Saturday at her residence in Chennai’s MGR Nagar area. Upon discovering that the woman had tuberculosis, the victim’s husband reportedly started distancing himself from her.

Pushpalatha tied knot with 27-year-old John Paul Franklin two years ago despite facing opposition from their families, stated police. The couple also has a child. John Paul Franklin worked as a security guard at a corporation park. However, Franklin refused to take care of Pushpalatha’s medical treatment. The woman came to know about her husband’s extramarital affair after his friend broke the news to her. Dejected at her husband’s betrayal, she confronted him and threatened to file a complaint against him. Pushpalatha even asked her husband to quit his relationship with the other woman.

However, Franklin justified his actions by stating that the adultery law has been scrapped by the Supreme Court and police cannot take any actions against him. This led to Pushpalatha taking the extreme step of committing suicide. Franklin is now being questioned by the police.

The Supreme Court on September 27 quashed the Adultery law by striking down Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The five-judge Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra termed the law as ‘unconstitutional’ as the law treats a married woman as the property of her husband. “It’s time to say that husband is not the master of wife. Legal sovereignty of one sex over other sex is wrong,” said CJI Misra.