In an alarming incident on Wednesday, a woman’s ear and nose were chopped off by her in-laws in Jetpur town in Gujarat’s Rajkot district. Her crime? She fell in love with her husband’s nephew and eloped with him.
The victim Jashiben Parmar told the police that she was married to Hemant, and are parents of three children, and alleged that her husband was abusive, and violent and beat her frequently. She was undergoing mental torture when she came in contact with her husband’s cousin Arvind Parmar. She said she does not remember when she fell in love with him.
Eventually, both eloped to start a new life. Her in-laws started looking for the couple and tracked them down from the outskirt of Jetpur village and brought them home on Tuesday. Jashiben’s husband and other members then started beating the couple mercilessly for daring to elope, she said.
She said first they tonsured her and Arvind’s heads, then they beat Arvind with a hot iron rod on Wednesday morning. Later, her in-laws, husband, and nine other persons chopped off her one ear and nose. She started bleeding and they were rushed to the Jetpur government hospital for treatment.
All nine persons have been detained in the case. It includes the victim’s husband and other members, Jaipalsinh Rathod, Rajkot District Superintendent of Police, told Vibes of India.
The accused family had an objection to the affair, because Jashiben is the sister-in-law (Bhabhi) of her lover Arvind, and Arvind is younger than her, he said. The police have lodged offences for kidnapping and mental and physical torture, besides several other sections of the Indian Penal Code.