"blood which was found splattered on the bed"
An unemployed Indian man in Bihar reportedly faked his own death to escape repeated abuse by his wife over financial and domestic issues.
The 37-year-old man, Pradeep Kumar Ram is a resident of Kaimur district in Bihar.
Pradeep and his wife Kumari Pratibha, a government school teacher, have two houses, including one under construction.
On December 30, 2020, Pradeep had reportedly gone to sleep in the house under construction after an argument with his wife.
When Pratibha went to wake him the next morning, Pradeep was missing.
Pratibha found blood spread all over the bed and on the floor, in the room Pradeep had been sleeping in.
Pradeep’s wife proceeded to register a case with the local police about her husband’s alleged murder on December 31, 2020.
The police began an investigation and launched extensive searches for Pradeep’s “missing body”.
The police searched near the water, bushes and the deserted locations but could not find anything.
They got the first major lead in the case when it was able to find an empty bottle with bloodstains half-a-kilometre away from Pradeep’s house.
Senior police officer Virendra Kumar stated:
“The bottle raised our suspicion since the blood on the bottle matched the same kind of blood which was found splattered on the bed and on the floor.”
Eventually, the police tracked Pradeep to a neighbouring village in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on December 31, 2020.
During the proceeding interrogation, Pradeep alleged that he was mentally disturbed due to the repeated torture by his wife.
Pradeep alleged that his wife would always hurl abuses and shout at him.
He admitted: “I bought a bottle of goat’s blood from a meat shop and spread it on my bed and on the floor.
“I created the impression of murder before fleeing the scene.”
Police officials stated: “We have registered a case against the man for plotting fake murder.
“However, we have allowed him to go home after he signed a bond paper for not repeating the same crime in future.”
Additionally, the police have also counselled his wife not to abuse her husband.
Shockingly, domestic violence against men is not a crime punishable by law in India to this day.
A man being subjected to domestic violence is considered an unbelievable scenario in Indian society.
This phenomenon is primarily attributed to the extreme gender stereotypes that have prevailed in the country for centuries.