Manoj argued that the woman had been with him first
An Indian man from Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh, has been arrested for allegedly killing his older brother.
The accused Vijay Cole, aged 32, was arrested on January 4, 2021, for killing his older brother, Manoj Cole, aged 40.
Anuppur police have stated that Vijay and Manoj had an altercation regarding their third wife.
It’s likely that this relationship was the practice of polyandry in India, where a woman can have two or more husbands at the same time.
Although, this way of life is of polyandrous unions has disappeared from the traditions of many of the groups and tribes in India, it is still practised in some rural areas.
Vijay and Manoj’s first wife had reportedly died a few years ago.
After which, the two had married again, however, their second wife left them after being frustrated with their drug abuse and antics.
In September 2020, Vijay had reportedly bought a woman as his wife.
However, from the very next day of their marriage, Vijay’s wife started living with his brother Manoj.
The woman and Manoj lived together as husband and wife for a week.
However, after a week the woman attested she was disturbed by Manoj’s ways and actions of how she was being treated, so she left him for Vijay.
The issue caused a dispute and rift between Vijay and Manoj.
Manoj argued that the woman had been with him first, hence she was his wife.
Whereas, Vijay claimed that he had bought her, which made her his wife.
The argument escalated to Vijay allegedly attacking Manoj with a stone on January 3, 2021.
Manoj was reported dead on the way to the hospital.
The Anuppur police have not issued any further statements on the case.
Polyandry relationships may be assumed rather than formerly defined in the way marriages are conducted between two people.
Therefore, it’s possible that this relationship between the brothers of having a wife was assumed. Hence, the pair having wives prior to this one.
Polyandry was very prevalent in the Kinnaur Region, a part of Himachal in India. It is also witnessed in South India among the tribes of Todas in Nilgiris, Nanjanad Vellala of Travancore and some specific castes.
Aspects of the practice have persisted, especially among the Hindu and Buddhist communities.
One major reason for such polyandrous relationships in rural areas is to avoid arguments and family disputes related to land and property.