An innocent woman has been left disfigured for life after her evil husband and family cut off her nose with a knife.
A heartless husband has used a knife to cut off his wife’s nose after marrying her for eight years. The man allegedly cut off his wife’s nose because her family couldn’t afford a marriage dowry.
A dowry is part of Indian custom and is either cash, jewellery or land that the bride’s family gives to the groom as a condition of any marriage.
According to reports, Kamlesh Rathore, 25, from Shahjahanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, said her husband, Sanjeev Rathore, 27, had been demanding a dowry of Rs 50,000 (£550) ever since they got married.
Kamlesh said: ‘He harassed me every day for the dowry. He was constantly demanding Rs 50,000.
‘I repeatedly told him that my father is very poor and he cannot afford such an amount but he did not listen and used to threaten me that he’ll chop off my nose.
‘He has beaten me for years.
‘He’s used belts, slippers, sticks and has always tortured me.
‘He used to accuse me of working as a prostitute and threaten to sell me. He was always drunk.
‘During our eight years of marriage he was very harsh with me.’
According to information, on September 14, Kamlesh was cooking dinner when Sanjeev started shouting and demanding money again. It is alleged that her in-laws grabbed her and held her down while her husband allegedly chopped off her nose.
‘They all grabbed me tightly. I could not move.
‘And then out of nowhere I saw a knife and he chopped off my nose,’ Kamlesh recalled.
Kamlesh, who has a six-year-old daughter, said her husband and in-laws fled as soon as they chopped off her nose. His last words were: ‘You’ll now be like this forever’.
She was later rushed to the hospital by her parents after she managed to call. She was still bleeding heavily when she arrived at the primary health centre, in Shahjahanpur, where doctors were only able to dress the wound. But, her nose could not be retached.
Speaking about the incident, Kamlesh’s older brother, Sachin, 26, said the family cannot afford any future surgery for Kamlesh to fix her nose.
‘My sister’s husband has been very cruel. He has given her a terrible life and now this.
‘He even took her nose and gifted it to the gods at his temple. He’s a sick man.’
Superintendent Manoj Kumar, at Khutar police station, in Shahjhanpur, said the husband and family are on the run.