Udupi, April 8, 2015 : Stella D’Souza (83), a retired school teacher from Vamanjoor in Mangaluru who had waged a legal battle against her sister-in-law to regain her property which the latter had snatched from her through foul means has now won the battle. While moving the court, Stella has sought protection under Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007.
Stella who is a spinster has been residing with her sister Pauline Marveline D’Souza and had purchased a five cent land at Tiruvail village in 1996 along with her sister. After Pauline expired in 2008, Stella was the sole owner of the property. Meanwhile Juliana D’Souza, wife of Stella’s late brother used to visit her on the pretext of taking care of her. She had even reportedly managed to convince Stella that she would keep the property documents safe in the office of the sub-registrar. Stella who had then agreed to her later realised that Juliana had cheated her by executing a sale deed for Rs 3 lakh and getting the RTC of the property in her name.
Stella moved the Third JMFC in Mangaluru in 2013 citing the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007. The Court has now ruled that she was the real owner of the property and has directed Juliana to return all property documents.
Meanwhile, Stella who is visibly pleased with the court ruling has however said she would withdraw the complaint, provided she approaches her.
Human Rights Foundation, Udupi President Ravindranath Shanbagh informed that as many as 392 cases pertaining to domestic violence, cheating to elders, property conflicts relating to elders are registered in the state. He also informed that 12 cases have been settled so far.