In a barbaric incident, a 45- year-old mechanic, Sohanlal, put a lock on the private parts of his wife to prevent her from having physical relationship with another man.
Sohanlal, a drug addict, had also made advances on one of his daughters.
“This man had ruined my life but I could not let him spoil my daughter’s life,” said Radha Bai (name changed), mother of five, while talking to HT. She has three sons and two daughters aged between 20 and 10 years and has been married for last 30 years.
On Monday, Radha consumed rat poison following which she was admitted to a hospital where the doctors discovered the lock while they tried to put a tube into her to discharge the poison. “I was drugged. It pained for a year after he pierced me to fit the lock. I found it so difficult to walk with the lock on. He used to ask me to put on the lock and took the key before he left for work. It has been nearly five years now,” she said.
During those five years, Radha was locked up inside a dark room and was not allowed to step out. “I have not celebrated Diwali, Holi or Rakshbandhan in last five years. He never even allowed my sons to see my face. ... I used to pass on the food to them from inside,” she said.
Radha now fears for her life.
Sohanlal was arrested by the Sanyogitaganj police station on Monday and the police had deputed a lady police constable to guard Radha at the hospital.
The State Women Commission chief Upma Rai visited the victim on Tuesday.
(Names changed to protect identity)