Mechanic ‘drilled holes in wife’s genitals so he could seal them when he went to work’

She was brought into hospital after  attempting to commit suicide with rat poison.

But when nurses examined Sitabai Chouhan,  they make a horrific discovery that was medieval in its  barbarity.

Four years ago, the housewife had been  drugged by her husband Chouhan who then punctured holes with a needle on either  side of her genitals.

He had carried out the agonising assault so  he could seal her private parts with a padlock when he went to work to stop her  having sex with anyone else.

Assault: Sitabai Chouhan lies on a makeshift bed in hospital where nurses discovered the makeshift chastity belt

Assault: Sitabai Chouhan lies on a makeshift bed in  hospital where nurses discovered the makeshift chastity belt

When she was admitted to the  Maharaja Yashwant Raoin Hospital in  Indore, India, the crudely-fashioned chastity belt was still in  place.

It was only removed when police tracked down  her husband and retrieved the key. He had kept the keys in his socks.

Head constable Chhaganlal said: ‘The nurses  confirmed the existence of a small lock. It was only after the husband’s arrest  that the lock could be opened.’

Chouhan said he had done this because several  women in his family had ‘strayed’ in the past.

Barbaric: Chouhan said he had assaulted his wife because women in his family had strayed in the past

Barbaric: Chouhan said he had assaulted his wife because  women in his family had strayed in the past

Mrs Chouhan is being treated in hospital and  is expected to make a full recovery.

Her husband, meanwhile, has been charged with  cruelty and voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

Police described him as an alcoholic who was  mentally disturbed.

Mrs Chouhan married her husband when she was  16. They have had five

She is said to have attempted suicide after  her husband allegedly tried to rape their eldest daughter.

A chastity belt is usually a piece of  clothing that can be locked to stop the wearer having sex. The first recorded  examples of their use is in the 15th century.

But it is not a item completely alien to  modern India. Human rights groups have reported their use in the conservative  state of Rajasthan as recently as 2007.

Gender rights activists say Indian women face  a barrage of threats in India.

Many of the crimes against women are a result  of a deep-rooted mindset that women are inferior and must be  restricted to  being homemakers and childbearers.

In addition, age-old customs such as  payment  of hefty dowries at the time of marriage and widely held beliefs linking a  female’s sexual behaviour to family honour have allowed  gender crimes to  persist.

Earlier this month, a dentist was  reportedly  arrested in Karnataka after his wife accused him of forcing  her to drink his  urine because she refused to meet dowry demands.

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