An Indian man who made a chastity belt to prevent his wife from having extramarital affair has been arrested by the police.
Instead of trusting his wife would stay faithful to him, 38-year-old Sohanial Chouhan a mechanic by profession took matters into his hands in the most horrific and barbaric fashion, that even those in medieval times would cringe , at the thought of it.
Chouhan brutality was exposed, when Sitabai, the wife he married at 16, was rushed into Maharaja Yashwant Raoin Hospital’s accident and emergency on July 16, for treatment after attempting to commit suicide by consuming rat poison.
During the treatment, while trying to insert a tube to discharge the poison, the attending nurses were stunned to find a padlock in her vagina.
According to Mrs. Sitabai Chouhan, who had been married to Chouhan for 19 years, in 2008, Chouhan drugged her and locked her in a room late at night and then proceeded to drill holes with a spiky instrument on either side of her genitals in order to fit a lock to stop her from having sex with other men while he is at work. Every morning before going to work, Chouhan allegedly inserts a small lock into the hole and keep the keys under his socks.
The Hospital immediately invited the police who tracked down Chouhan and unlock the padlock after retrieving the key from him.
Mrs. Chouhan claimed she had attempted suicide because her husband got her drunk and tried molesting their eldest daughter.
While his wife recuperates, Chouhan has been charged with cruelty and voluntarily causing grievous hurt. Police describe Chouhan as a mentally disturbed alcoholic.
Following his arrest, he tried justifying his actions, claiming that he became the custodian of his wife’s vagina because, several women in his family had “strayed” in the past and he did not want his wife to do the same.
The normal chastity belts are made of garments that can be locked to stop the wearer from having sex and not by literally puncturing holes in the genitals for padlocks. When locked, the belt fits very securely to the body, both at the waist and the crotch. The belt has a slit for urinating at the crotch and absolutely nothing, not even a finger can penetrate far enough for sexual pleasure. However, it cannot be worn for a long period due to hygiene complications.
According to popular myth, the chastity belt was used as an anti-temptation device during the Crusades. When the knight left for the Holy Lands on the Crusades fighting the pop’s war, his Lady would wear a chastity belt to preserve her faithfulness to him. However, there is no credible evidence that chastity belts existed before the 15th century and their main period of apparent use falls within the Renaissance rather than the Medieval times.
The first real chastity belts were created in the 1800s, with the sole aim of keeping boys and girls from masturbating and not for keeping women from straying.
The couple who resides in Indore, one of the biggest cities in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India has five children. Though the city is known for its architectural splendour and is home to many industries and contributes immensely to the fast growing rate of India’s economy, it is just like every other place in India which was recently classified by a survey carried out by TrustLaw, as the worst place to be a woman.
The girl child is still seen as inferior and of no financial value to the family. They are still being married off as young as ten, burned as a result of dowry-related disputes, and even sold off as property.