Reports The Times Of India, the 24-year-old woman had introduced online ludo in a bid to prevent her husband from going for walks around the society during lockdown. “A sore loser, he started arguing with his wife, and the verbal duel turned ugly. He started beating her with such ferocity that the woman developed a gap between two of her vertebrae,” said a counsellor at 181 Abhayam, the Gujarat-based hotline for women in distress.
“His ego was hurt thinking that his wife outsmarted him, and was more intelligent as she also contributed to the family income.” The husband is a software professional and earned enough to sustain them both, but the couple had a home EMI, and the wife was taking tuitions at home to supplement the payment for the EMI.
The wife was taken to an orthopedic surgeon for treatment, and decided to head to her parents home to recuperate.
Project coordinator Chandrakant Makwana said, “Our counsellors give options to the women whether they want to lodge a police complaint to settle the issue. In this case, since the husband apologized and the wife didn’t want to register a complaint, we counselled the couple on how to live together and marital discord.” The man was also warned about his actions, that they were a criminal offence and that he can be arrested if she complains to the police. He agreed and has apologized to his wife. The couple have given a written undertaking about the incident.
Domestic abuse cases are on the rise ever since the lockdown was announced. The National Commission for Women (NCW) received 58 complaints of domestic violence just between March 23 and March 30. In an interview with a leading daily, NCW chief Rekha Sharma said, “Domestic violence cases have doubled than what it was before the lockdown. The cases of domestic violence are high in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Punjab.”