A man in Nepal is accused of sodomizing his wife with a 40-centimeter rolling pin because she was unable to have children.
Surgery was required to remove the large kitchen utensil, which was stuck in the 38-year-old woman’s intestines, reports The Sun.
After complaining of severe abdominal pains, the woman was admitted to a hospital in northern India.
"We were very shocked," said Dr. Kedar Singh Shahi, a general surgeon at the hospital. "We could only see a shadow in the X-ray as wooden materials cannot be identified. The internal damage she suffered was very serious and she could have died."
At first, the woman would not explain how the object got inside of her. However, hospital authorities suspected foul play and thus informed the police and India's National Commission for Women (NCW), who succeeded in getting the woman to explain what happened.
Amita Lokhani, vice-chairperson of the NCW, relayed the information:
The matter came to me a day after the operation. The woman was in a terrible condition when I first visited her. She was not only in pain but terrified to speak to anyone. I continued visiting her for three days and eventually she opened up on the third day while her husband was away. She told me she was infertile and her husband often tortured her. On December 22 her husband came home drunk and tortured her again. In an act of brutality he inserted the rolling pin into her body through the anal region and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about it.
Senior Superintendent Janmejaya Khanduri of the Nainital Police said: "A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the husband. Her husband is currently on the run but we have deployed a team of officers to catch him."
In some cultures, infertility is a major stigma, as the World Health Organization explains: "An inability to have a child or to become pregnant can result in being greatly ostracized, feared or shunned, may be used as grounds for divorce and will often justify a denial to access any family traditions."
In addition, notes the WHO: "Intimate partner violence, gender-based violence and domestic violence have been shown to have significant associations with individuals and couples suffering from unwanted childlessness or involuntary infertility."