Warangal: A 20-year-old pregnant woman was stripped, assaulted and paraded naked on the streets by the relatives of her husband’s first wife in DC Thanda of Wardhannapet on Monday.
Holding her responsible for the husband neglecting his first wife, the relatives paraded her naked on the streets, beat her brutally and even burnt her private parts with a burning piece of wood.
Police and locals came to the rescue of the woman , Anitha, and admitted her to the local hospital.
The police booked cases against nine people including husband Banoth Ravi and his first wife Swaroopa.
Wardhannapet CI Santh-osh said the victim and Ravi, a farmer, had a secret wedding in Tirupati in March 2015. Ravi was already married to Ms Swaroopa of the same thanda for five years and they have two children.
After coming to know about his second marriage, Swaroopa quarrelled with him.
Since then Ravi had seldom visited her or cared for the children. He used to stay with the second wife in Warangal.
Swaroopa, Ravi in custody
Police said Ravi used to mistreat his first wife Swaroopa and his in-laws whenever they questioned him.
Swaroopa sought justice from the panchayat and it was looking into the issue. Ravi had said that he would divorce her and pay Rs 7.5 lakh, which he said he wished to give to his children.
During a panchayat hearing on Monday, there was an argument between Ravi and Swaroopa. The second wife too joined in and there was a fight between the two women. As Ravi tried to stop them, Swaroopa’s relatives attacked him and he fled. Swaroopa and her relatives then attacked the second wife. She was stripped naked and dragged on the streets. They found a burning wood and injured her. Cases have been booked against nine people and the police has taken Swaroopa and Ravi into custody along with four others. Three other are absconding.