Covid-19 is Proving to Be a Domestic Abuse Hellhole: Gujarat Man Smashes Wife’s Spine Over Ludo


Covid-19 is Proving to Be a Domestic Abuse Hellhole: Gujarat Man Smashes Wife’s Spine Over Ludo

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

As the country crosses a month of being stuck indoors, there have been several unintended consequences to our attempt to curb the spread of the virus. From a massive migrant crisis to complaints of lack of resources from several quarters, the lockdown has clearly been easier on some than it has on others.

This holds especially true when we consider domestic violence cases, of which a shocking number have been noted in the last month. The latest of these horror stories comes from a Vadodara household, where an argument, apparently over a few games of ludo, turned very violent.

A woman was hospitalised with severe spinal injuries after her husband reportedly beat her to the point where she developed a fracture in her spine.

The 24-year-old, according to counsellors of the 181 Abhayam helpline, had asked her husband to play a game of online ludo rather than go outside. After a few games, the counsellors said, which the husband lost, he beat his wife. The woman had to be rushed to a hospital, and was taken to her parents house after she was discharged.

No FIR was filed against the husband, however, on the woman’s request.

Sadly, this isn’t a one-off incident. As per the numbers provided by the National Commission of Women, in mid-April alone, the number of domestic violence cases in India has doubled when compared to the previous month.

“Since the lockdown, we get around 1,000-1,200 calls per day,” the DCP of Operations and Communications, SK Singh has said.

The rise in cases isn’t restricted to a single state either. Last week, the Delhi High Court had asked the state and central government to hold a top-level meeting to deliberate over measures to curb domestic violence, and protect women in the national capital.

Earlier this month, on April 6, the secretary-general of the World Health Organisation, Antonio Guterres had warned world leaders that incidents of domestic violence would be on the rise in countries across the world during the lockdown.