Violence against men up in Kavre

Kavre, August 22

Shiva Shivabhakti of Kharpachowk VDC Kavre went to Kuwait for employment for the second time last year.

He handed over all his property to his wife. He had a plan to return home after the massive April 25 earthquake with consent from the Kuwaiti company where he worked.

He was scheduled to return to the home country in July and telephoned his wife to come to Tribhuvan International Airport to receive him.

According to sources, she left her house in mid-July to go to Kathmandu in order to receive her husband. However, she did not arrive at the airport. Instead, she turned her mobile phone off and eloped with somebody else.

Shiva had no option left except to report to the police. Hence, he reached District Police Office Women’s Unit to lodge a complaint.

According to him, she eloped and took with her an expensive mobile set, four tola gold, Rs 2 lakh bank balance and Rs 50,000, which he had sent from Kuwait.

Shiva first went to Kuwait seeking employment, when he was 21 and returned home after five years. He got married four years ago.

Shiva lamented, “before marriage, I had no idea about her affair, I came to know that she had eloped with the same person she was in a relationship with earlier.”

Another victim, Dhawa Lama of Panchkhal municipality-7, Hokse, reached the District Police Office seeking security. Lama had tied the knot with a woman who was acquainted with him while they were working in Malaysia five years ago.

Following the incident, his first wife threatened to take his life. Though a polygamy case was filed against him, he was released on bail on August 12.

As the kin of the first wife started thrashing him, he felt unsafe. Dhawa was a driver. He has two children from his first wife.

In yet another incident, a man who returned from Malaysia filed a complaint in mid-August against his wife accusing her of having an affair outside their marriage. “As she is still in a relationship outside our marriage, I want psychological counselling so that she will give it up,” wrote the victim.

At least three cases of violence against men were recorded in the women’s police unit in a month.

As many as 15 cases of violence against women were lodged in the last fiscal in the district.

Cases of violence against men have started coming to light as men have started filing them.

Sita Shrestha, unit chief, said that cases of violence against men have gone up. Many of the men, who have gone for foreign employment, are often betrayed by their wives.

However, Police have not been able to nab these women for further action. Many such cases are said to have been settled through negotiation.