A Indian man threw acid at his wife when she refused go to his friends who had been gang-raping her as compensation for her husband’s gambling debts, police claim.
The alleged abuse occurred last Saturday night (local time) in the Bhagalpur district in India’s northeastern state of Bihar, the Times Of India reported.
Although alcohol is banned in Bihar, police say the man is an alcoholic and gambling addict who bet his wife when he ran out of money in late October.
On October 28, the woman was locked in a room after her husband “lost” her while gambling and was gang-raped by his friends.
The New India Express reported that the agreement was she would be available to them for a month, but after several rounds of nightmarish assault, the 30-year-old simply refused.
When the 36-year-old husband attempted to send his wife to them again, she refused to go, and the man threw acid at her.
However, the Times of India reports that she managed to escape and made her way to her parents’ house in a nearby village.
She was taken to a police station by a social activist the next day.
In giving an account of events to the police, the woman revealed the man had been abusive over many years.
She said they had been married for 10 years but could not have children because of her husband’s drinking and that led to him physically torturing her.
Police are still investigating, however the husband has been arrested and is currently behind bars.
Among the many charges he faces are domestic violence, acid attack, gang rape and wrongful confinement, Britain’s Independent newspaper reported.
Reuters has reported that a rape occurs every 15 minutes in India, which is one of the world’s most dangerous places for women.
In September this year a 19-year-old woman was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh, and died of her injuries a fortnight later.
However, although she was able to name her attackers her family complains police were slow to take action because they were of a higher caste.
It was also alleged the woman’s body was cremated without the family’s consent.
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