BENGALURU: A man allegedly shaved his wife’s hair off and injured her in the face as he did not want her to attract attention of other men.
The woman, who approached a helpline, has now been rescued. An official of the women’s helpline of Bengaluru City Police said, “Mohan and Sandhya (names changed) were married for seven years and Sandhya has been a victim of domestic violence ever since.”
Sandhya told helpline officials that Mohan owned an automobile shop while she worked in a private firm. The couple lives in K G Halli and they have a son.She told officials that a few days after their wedding, Mohan forced her to quit her job as he suspected her fidelity.
Sandhya initially refused, but Mohan fought with her over trivial matters. When she realised the real reason behind the fights, she decided to quit her job.
She told officials that Mohan, however, did not stop suspecting her. For the past three years, Mohan would shave off her hair and lock her up when he went to work. He did not allow her use mobile phones and frequently assaulted her, injuring her face.
Asked why she continued to bear the pain for so many years, Sandhya told officials that her parents had passed away when she was a teenager and it was her grandmother who raised her. “My grandmother is 70 and can’t seem to believe that I’m going through the harassment. But when I could not take it anymore, I approached the women’s helpline,” she said.
Rani Shetty, co-ordinator of the women’s helpline, said, “When Sandhya approached us, her nasal bone was broken and her eyes were swollen. We referred the case to K G Halli police. The woman and her four-year-old son were sent to live with their grandmother. We will counsel the woman, if necessary. Sandhya has clearly said that she does not want to live with Mohan anymore.”
A police official from K G Halli station said, “We have not received any such case from the women’s helpline. We will contact the helpline and take action once we get the details of the case.”