Man who forcibly shaved wife after finding hair in food arrested

"He became angry seeing the hair and blamed the wife."

A man who forcibly shaved his 23-year-old wife after finding a strand of hair in his breakfast has been arrested.

According to AFP, the Bangladeshi man was apprehended on Tuesday, as rights groups decried the rise of violence against women.

35-year-old Bablu Mondal was arrested in a police raid after villagers reported the matter.

Speaking to the press, police spokesperson Shahriar Khan said that "He found a human hair on the rice and milk breakfast his wife prepared for him.

"He became angry seeing the hair and blamed the wife. He then took a blade and forcibly shaved the head of the wife."

Bablu could face a 14-year jail term if found guilty of "voluntarily causing grievous hurt", the charges preferred against him. He was also charged with "outraging the modesty” of his wife.

Bablu’s arrest comes at a time when rights groups have raised alarm over the high number of abuse cases against women.

Statistics by the Ain o Salish Kendra rights group indicate 630 women were raped in Bangladesh between January and June 2019, averaging three rape cases a day.

Of the 630 women raped, 37 were killed afterwards while seven committed suicide.