IMPHAL: In shocking address to the media, ace hockey player and former captain of the Indian women hockey Waikhom Surjalata has revealed that she was physically assaulted and mentally harassed by her husband during their 15 years of marriage and sought support from government and voluntary organisations for assistance in providing relief and justice.
The 39-year old Arjuna Awardee spoke out about her terrifying 15 years stating that she underwent mental harassment, physical torture and different forms of abuse by her husband, during a press meet held at Manipur Press Club on Wednesday.
She burst into tears during her statement and revealed specifically about major ordeals during her broken marriage and complained of being victimized over disputes of dowry by her husband.
According to her statement, since they got married and lived together her husband Kshetrimayum Shantakumar, who is former Indian hockey player, from Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai, subjected her to threats. She continued to suffer for one and half decades of mental harassment owing to the what her husband deemed as insufficient dowry, Surjalata stated.
Surajlata is currently working as an employee of Western Railway and lives with her parents
She said that she often got accused of wrongdoing over petty reasons and vested interest opinions, and later he started to abuse verbally and continued by torturing her physically in a brutal manner.
She stated that in hope of expecting changes in nature of her husband, she had lived those dreadful years of couple life by ensuring everything that she could possibly tolerate for the sake of their children so that they could avoid a broken family.
But now she had put a limit to the atrocities of her husband and sought helping hands from related governmental departments and organization for crime against women to help her in bringing to end the inhumane act of her husband and justice according to the law of the land.