Man held for wife torture

A man who works for a multinational company was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly beating up his wife, locking her up in a washroom with the lights switched off and starving her.

By A staff reporter
  • Published 13.09.18
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New Town: A man who works for a multinational company was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly beating up his wife, locking her up in a washroom with the lights switched off and starving her.

Jyotirmoy Chatterjee was picked up from his flat in a New Town housing complex near City Centre II by a team of policewomen, an officer of the Bidhannagar commissionerate said. The arrest followed a complaint filed by his wife on Saturday.

The couple were married in February. Soon after, Jyotirmoy, along with his parents and sister, allegedly started torturing her physically and mentally for dowry.

An officer of the Bidhannagar commissionerate said they had received a copy of a doctor's prescription from the Salt Lake Sub-divisional Hospital that mentioned the nature of the woman's injuries.

"The nature of her injuries is consistent with the assault. We have taken the man into custody and are probing the case from all angles," the officer said.

Jyotirmoy and his family members would keep the woman confined in the house and lock her up in a washroom at dinner time, according to the complaint. He had, on several occasions, allegedly forced his wife to get off his car in the middle of nowhere late at night.

The woman told the police that she endured the torture for several months before finally lodging a complaint on Saturday after Jyotirmoy allegedly kicked her while his sister pinned her down by her hair on Saturday. Her mother-in-law allegedly tried to throttle her, egged on by her father-in-law and husband.

She managed to flee the house and went to her parents' house in Salt Lake's CD block, after which she lodged a police complaint.

Jyotirmoy has been charged under various sections of the IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman).

If convicted, he can be jailed for up to 10 years.