At a time when cases of violence against women have seen an unprecedented rise, an inebriated man burnt his wife following a spat at Narayan Municipality-6 in the district on Friday night.
Kamaro Sarki tortured his wife Chawali with a burning piece of wood, police said. The victim sustained serious burns in her private parts, thighs and buttocks.
The neighbours rescued Chawali and took her to District Hospital immediately after the victim and her children cried for help.
Local people and police suspect that the tipsy Kamaro might have assaulted his spouse with fire after she denied him sex. Police Inspector Binod Sharma suspects sex could be the main cause as the perpetrator had attacked the victim targeting her private parts.
According to the victim, the incident took place while she had been waiting for her husband for dinner. “He suddenly attacked me with a burning piece of wood. I would be burnt to death had my neighbours not rescued me,” Chawala said at the hospital.
Police took Kamaro into custody. He has refused any wrongdoing. He admitted that they had a minor dispute and that she was accidentally hit by the fire in the kitchen and got injured. The impoverished Sarki couple are daily wage earners. Sharma said the victim has frequently changed her statements apparently to protect her husband. He assured that the perpetrator would not be spared even if the victim refused to lodge a complaint.
The case is said to have been forwarded as per the police report and the complaints registered by women rights organisations.
Posted on: 2012-12-30 08:58