Kochi: A man, who allegedly sold his wife for
Rs 15,000 in Kerala`s Kasaragod district to foot his liquor bills, has been arrested, police said on Tuesday.
The arrest, two days ago, was on the basis of a complaint
filed by the woman that her husband Prasad (29), a rubber
tapper, had allegedly sold her to his close friend Manoj,
also a rubber tapper, in January this year, they said.
He was later produced before a court and remanded to 14
days judicial custody.
The woman had filed her complaint before the Hosdurg First
Class Magistrate court following which the police had been
directed to register a case and enquire. The case was
registered last month, Hosdurg Deputy SP Josy Cherian said.
The woman, hailing from Choyyankod in northern Kasaragod
district, had stated that the two men used to often consume
liqour in their thatched house and she was allegedly raped
after the money changed hands.
Police said they have no evidence about the money being
paid by the second accused, Manoj, who is now absconding.
Manoj had been traced to Kollam by using the tower signals
from his mobile, but he managed to give them the slip, police
Kerala tops the list of states with the highest rate of
per capital consumption of alcohol.