Man stabs girlfriend for refusing to marry him

A 24-year-old man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in Thane East after she refused to marry him on Monday night. Accused Narendra Kave, however, fled the spot and later consumed a poisonous substance, police said. Kave has been charged under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code and will be produced before a magistrate once he is discharged from hospital.

Police said the victim, Dakshata Kolage (20), had been dating Kave for the past four years. Both live in Anand Nagar in Kopari, near the Eastern Express Highway and were contemplating marriage. A year ago, Dakshata joined a private firm in Santacruz East while Narendra was still unemployed, police said.

Kave would object to her speaking to other men and this resulted in fights between them, police said. "Dakshata then began having second thoughts about marrying him," said senior inspector Narayan Hatkar of Kopari police station.

On Monday night, Dakshata was returning home with her colleague Mahadeo Patil (21), who also lives in Kopari. As their train pulled in at platform 2, she got a call from Kave asking her to meet him on the skywalk. Patil was walking a little ahead of them while Dakshata spoke to Kave, police said. He asked her if she intended to marry him but she refused. Kaven then pulled a knife and stabbed her twice in the neck. As he tried to strike the third time, Dakshata blocked the weapon with her hands, and suffered deep cuts on her palms and fingers. On hearing the commotion, Patil rushed to Dakshata's aid as Kave fled. Patil took her to Aarogyam Multi Specialty Hospital in Kopari, police said.

"We are waiting for Kave's medical report to find out what substance he consumed," Hatkar said.

Dakshata's family is finding it hard to pay for her surgery. "Doctors told us that she will require a second surgery. The first one cost us Rs 35,000. The second will cost almost the same. Where do we find the money to pay for this?" said Dakshata's mother Asha.

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