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Drink-driven torment at home on exam eve

- Madhyamik student’s mom at police door after husband runs riot for booze money

Krishnagar, Feb. 26: A mother today rushed to a Nadia police station seeking protection against her “drunkard” husband who allegedly tore up his Madhyamik examinee daughter’s books and threw boiling rice on her face after being refused money for liquor.

The mother, 42-year-old Meera Mahato, also requested the personnel at Krishnagar police station to ensure that her daughter could appear for the exams, which started yesterday. Meera lodged a complaint against her construction labourer husband Rajkumar.

“My husband tore up our daughter’s books and copies, threw boiling rice on her face, sold her bicycle and beat me up after I refused to give him Rs 20 to buy liquor,” Meera said. “I can’t bear to see my daughter’s dream of completing her education shattered by her drunkard and irresponsible father. I can’t let her hardship go in vain,” the mother added.

Meera said she had taken up the challenge to ensure that her daughter and son (a Class V student) did well in life. “I have been bearing torture by my husband for the past 18 years. I will not let my children suffer,” she said.

The 16-year-old girl, who studies at Queen’s Mary High School in Krishnagar, said: “I had requested my father to refrain from drinking during my exams. But he refused to listen and abused and assaulted me.”

“He sold my bicycle. It will be difficult for me to reach the exam centre. My uncles witnessed the atrocities but none protested,” she said.

She said her father had torn up most of her books and notes. “My English exam is tomorrow. I don’t know what I will do,” the student said.

Meera said it would be tough for her to bear the expenses of hiring a rickshaw. “My daughter will have to hire a rickshaw now to reach the exam centre (5km from their home). It will be difficult for me to bear the expenses. My husband earns Rs 9,000 a month but gives little to the family,” she said.

Meera and her daughter requested the police to take action against Rajkumar. The police picked up Rajkumar from his home and detained him for interrogation.

A police officer said Rajkumar was found sleeping in the house. “When we escorted the women to their home, we found him sleeping there. He was drunk. We woke up the man but he was not in a position to speak. So we brought him to the police station for interrogation,” the officer said.

“We told the mother’s in-laws to ensure that the girl faced no difficulty during the exams,” he added.

The inspector-in-charge of Krishnagar police, Alok Munshi, gave the student Rs 500 so that she could pay the rickshaw fare to and from the exam centre.