Victim walked out on husband after abuse: Cops

A day after a J P Morgan Chase manager was arrested for allegedly harassing and assaulting his wife in Powai, police said the victim, Dr Ashwini Patil, had walked out on her husband five months ago after abuse.

On Wednesday, Ashwini was allegedly assaulted by her husband Avinash and his family in Kalyan West after she refused to oblige to their request for money.

The family allegedly hit her and locked her in the bathroom for several hours before she managed to escape and inform the police. Avinash and his mother were arrested following the complaint.

They have been remanded in police custody until February 16.

Avinash's father and three siblings are absconding. Avinash and Ashwini got married in February last year. Bitter quarrels broke out between the couple soon after marriage due to Avinash's alleged dowry demands, according to the police.

"Ashwini's father is a retired driver. He spent all his savings for his daughter's wedding. When the family pressured her to get money, she refused. She was harassed for several months about it, but didn't tell anyone. When the torture became unbearable, she told us and we tried speaking to Avinash's family. When that didn't work, she decided to move out," said the victim's uncle.

Ashwini was living in a rented apartment in Kalyan East for the the last four months with her family, but ocassionally went back to visit her husband.

On Tuesday evening, she had gone to his home where she was allegedly assaulted. She is currently recovering from her injuries in a government hospital. Avinash's employer JP Morgan declined to comment on the issue.

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