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Suicide bid over ‘indifferent’ wife

A 23-year-old man, apparently depressed over his wife leaving him, slashed his throat with a sickle early on Friday morning at Kurli village, in Chowka police station area of Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Sources said Karma Manjhi was found lying in a pool of blood by his family members and rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital where his condition was stated to be serious.

An ENT surgeon said Karma, who worked at a local sponge iron unit, had cut his throat deeply and might not be able to speak for weeks if he survived. “He is being fed through a pipe,” the doctor added.

Family sources said Karma had married one Sakra Manjhi three years ago. The couple was blessed with a child 18 months ago.

“However, Sakra’s behaviour underwent a dramatic change after the birth of their child. She became cold and rude towards her husband. She often stayed over at her parents’ house, which was in the same village. All this made Karma slip into depression,” the relative said.

He added three days ago, Sakra had again gone off to her parent’s house without informing her husband, which apparently acted as the trigger. “On Thursday, Karma found out that his wife did not want to stay with him any more,” the relative claimed.

On getting the news, Sakra rushed to be by her husband. “I did not plan to leave him,” she wept.

Sub inspector Ram Awadh Singh of Chowka police said they would record Karma’s statement as soon as he was able to speak.