Chastity belt horror: Tormentor still haunts wife (India)

Posted on August 1, 2012

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Indore: A three- member team from National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday visited the women who had to bear cruel burden of chastity lock for five years. Incidentally, she was given a cheque of `10,000 only a day before.

In her damp and dark room in lane 14 of a slum dwelling in Idrish Nagar, Sita Bai said, “I have started cooking food from yesterday at home after officials provided me a few packets of rice and some other food items.”

She was discharged from the MY hospital on July 25 and since then she has been residing at her sister’s place with her parents. Prior to this, she was residing at her sister’s place in neighbourhood with her children.

“A cheque was also provided to me but I don’t have any account,” She said showing her cheque.

But even today when Sohanlal is in jail, her priority is not help from administration but to ensure that her husband is not released.

“If he comes out he will kill us,” a horrified Sita said.

Neighbors, who took her to the police station on July 17, are ready to help and have decided to keep a vigil so that after his release from jail her husband could not enter the locality.

“We will not allow him to enter the locality forget doing any harm to her and children,” said Anand Rathore a neighbor. The locals have formed a sort of committee to keep an eye on Sohanlal if he is released.

“We have discussed with each other and will together beat him up if he dares to roam around the locality,” said an enraged neighbor, LN Rathore. Sohanlal had locked her and her two daughters, in a room at their house in Idris Nagar for the past five years and would put a lock in her genital after piercing it with crude knitting needles. The lock was removed by doctors at MY hospital on July 17 after the locals and police took her to MY hospital as she consumed poison in her closed room.

District programme officer of the women and child development department Vishal Nadkarni assured the members of the NCW team that arrangement for education of the daughters of Sita Bai has been made and an account will be opened for her in State Bank of India so that she could encash the cheque she was given.

NCW member Dr Charu Wali Khanna recommended that a relief of `50000 to her besides arrangement for her children to study. She said she had a talk with the collector in this connection.

” I recommended him to provide at least `50000 as relief where `20000 should be given to her and rest as a fixed deposit in the name of her daughters,” Dr Khanna told.

She also asked for providing counseling to the victim and discussed it with counselor Meeta Wadia who would be giving her counseling.

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