A man stabbed his wife inside a family court room in the Madras High Court campus on Tuesday. The victim Varalakshmi was attacked by her husband Saravanan, a resident of Padappai near Chennai.
According to the police, Saravanan and Varalakshmi were attending a hearing in a matrimonial dispute pending in the family court.
At one point, the couple had an argument and Saravanan in a fit of rage took out a knife and stabbed Varalakshmi several times inside the court.
Witnesses saw the man attack his wife’s throat and chest before being disarmed. On hearing the ensuing ruckus, lawyers from neighbouring court halls rushed to the scene and pulled the knife away from the man.
The man was promptly hauled up and handed over to the police. The woman is reported to have sustained serious injuries and rushed to the Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital in an ambulance.
Saravanan, who is a bus driver by profession, had carried a knife into the court premises. It is unclear at this point how the weapon went undetected. He used it to attack his estranged wife during the hearing of their divorce case which has been ongoing since 2009.
The court premises are being guarded by police personnel under the direct supervison of a Deputy Comissioner-level officer.