A 38-year old woman was admitted to the Dr. Sushila Tiwari Government Medical College Hospital, in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, in northern India, on Christmas Day complaining of severe abdominal pains and swelling. Three days earlier, she said her husband had tortured her for being infertile and threatened to kill her if she told anybody about the ordeal. Eventually a team of five doctors operated and found the rolling pin inside her intestines. Dr Kedar Singh Shahi, a general surgeon at the hospital, said: “We were all shocked… We could only see a shadow in the x-ray as wooden materials cannot be identified.”
The woman was hesitant to explain what had happened, prompting the hospital authorities to inform the police and the National Commission for Women (NCW).
Amita Lokhani, vice-chairperson of NCW, said: ‘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 tried asking her what had happened but she did not say a word and kept crying.
‘Her husband was present at the time.
‘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.”
Senior Superintendent Janmejaya Khanduri, of Nainital Police, said the man was on the run charged with rape and grievous bodily harm with a team of officers hunting for him.
The woman is being treated free of cost at the hospital and is likely to be discharged next week and the NCW will continue to counsel her.
Most women stay in abusive relationships because they feel as if they can’t find anyone else who will actually love them or treat them better.
Women speak up for yourself. You do not have to allow any man to cause harm to you. You are worth so much more. If he cannot love you for who you are, then leave him; he is not for you. You should not feel bad for who you are. You are great in your own way.
Remember: if no one loves you, you love yourself because no one can love you, if you don’t love yourself.