KLANG: Malaysian Dewa Suriya, who appeared in a video that went viral on social media showing her crying and begging for help after being allegedly abused by her mother-in-law, is relieved to be able to return home from Tamil Nadu, India.
The 37-year-old woman's flight is expected to arrive at KL International Airport about noon after departing from the Trichy airport early today.
“I am sad to leave my husband but I cannot stay because I have serious issues with my mother-in-law,” said Dewa Suriya when contacted at her matrimonial home in Kamuthi which is in the Ramanathapuram district in Tamilnadu yesterday.
The mother of a four-year-old son said in the three months she had been there, her mother-in-law physically abused her three times.
She said her relationship with her husband had also waned after their return to India.
Dewa Suriya and her husband S. Muralidas, 34, married in Malaysia about eight years ago.
Muralidas had stayed in Malaysia for 16 years eight years legally on a work permit and then had stayed on illegally after getting married because he was unable to renew his permit.
“I had tried to renew my permit but nothing could be done, so I gave up, got finger-printed and came home with my wife and son,’’ said Muralidas who was with Dewa Suriya during the phone interview.
Because he had stayed illegally in Malaysia, Muralidas is barred from entering Malaysia for five years.
Muralidas, who was a gas deliveryman in Malaysia, said problems arose because Dewa Suriya and his mother could not see eye-to-eye or come to terms with each other.
“The situation here in India is different from how things are in Malaysia.
“You cannot live here like how you lead your life in Malaysia,’’ said Muralidas, adding the whole affair tarnished his family’s image.
Dewa Suriya said she would be going back to her mother’s house in Sentul and hoped to find a job to support herself and her son.
“I have not worked for the last eight years and life will get difficult now without my husband, but I must move on,’’ she added.
Sub-inspector J. Sagayarani from the all-women police station in Rameswaram said a police officer would escort Dewa Suriya all the way to the airport.
“I have instructed police personnel to ensure that Dewa Suriya is safely checked into her flight,’’ added Sagayarani when contacted.
Sagayarani said she had initiated this measure because she did not want any more issues cropping up pending Dewa Suriya's return to Malaysia.
Dewa Suriya's plight came to light after a video clip of her crying and begging for help went viral on social media.
The video clip was recorded by an individual who had gone to Kamuthi on a visit and learnt about her plight.