"he threatened to divorce her and tried to torture her.”
Four Indian husbands have been arrested in the state of Kerala, India for alleged wife swapping.
The arrests were made following a police complaint made by the wife of one of the accused.
On April 26, 2019, the police confirmed the four men in custody were aged between 25 to 32 and belonged to the Alappuzha and Kollam districts.
CS Sharon, Kayamkulam police sub-inspector, said the incident was brought to their attention when a complaint was made by the wife of the prime accused on April 25, 2019.
The 32-year-old who works in a travel agency told the police that her husband was pushing her to have sex with male friends he had made on social sharing app, ShareChat.
The woman said, her husband was forcing her, with the expectation of having sex with his friends’ wives in return.
The officer further added:
“When refused, he threatened to divorce her and tried to torture her.”
The police said the prime suspect who got hooked onto ShareChat during March 2018, Made friends with a resident from Kozhikode.
Later the man from Kozhikode got intimate with the wife of the prime accused when visiting their house.
The woman told the police the wife of the Kozhikode man also got intimate when she and her husband paid them a return visit.
Two other men who are also under arrest had also met the main person accused in the case.
The wife of the prime accused was asked by her husband to go with the two men but refused due to their violent nature.
On April 26, 2019, whilst travelling on a scooter with her husband, the wife of the prime accused got off the vehicle and approached the police. This led to the four men eventually being arrested.
The four men charged under four sections of the Indian Penal Code. These include 354 (offending the modesty of a woman), 366 (kidnapping, abducting, or inducing a woman into forced marriage), 376 (rape punishment) 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
On April 27, 2019, the four men accused were presented before a court in Kayamkulam.
To protect the identities of the women, the police have not disclosed the names and other details of the accused men.
There has been no official comment from ShareChat on the matter.