Drunk man as­saults wife, sets her ablaze for re­fus­ing to con­ceive

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Im­ran Fazal im­ran. fazal@ dnan­dia. net

A drunk man set his 28- yearold wife ablaze in Thane af­ter she re­fused to con­ceive. He first as­saulted her and later poured kerosene on her and lit a match­stick. She was rushed to hos­pi­tal and her con­di­tion is said to be crit­i­cal.

The ac­cused hus­band, Vi­jay Gawale ( 35), used to get into reg­u­lar fights with his wife at their res­i­dence in Bhi­wandi’s An­jur Phata. Af­ter set­ting his wife on fire on Satur­day, Gawale es­caped from the house. Af­ter the cops learnt about the in­ci­dent, they ar­rested him from Kalyan rail­way sta­tion.

They said that the ac­cused was ad­dicted to drink­ing and of­ten as­saulted his wife and tor tured her for not con­ceiv­ing.

“The hus­band and wife duo fought reg­u­larly over triv­ial is­sues. Af­ter get­ting drunk, the ac­cused hus­band would as­sault her on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The woman was tor­tured and ha­rassed men­tally and phys­i­cally since she did not want to con­ceive,” said a Nar­poli po­lice of­fi­cer.

“Dur­ing Satur­day’s in­ci­dent, the man as­saulted the woman and later set her ablaze af­ter she re­fused to con­ceive. The hus­band then es­caped for his na­tive place but was ar­rested by the po­lice,” said DD Shivthare, se­nior in­spec­tor, Nar­poli po­lice sta­tion.

“We have ar­rested him un­der Sec­tion 307 ( at­tempt to mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. The woman has been kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion at the Thane Civil Hos­pi­tal, while the Bhi­wandi court has re­manded the ac­cused hus­band to po­lice cus­tody for four days,” Shivthare added.

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