Mumbai: Man slashes lover’s throat over refusal to go out with him

Mumbai: Bhandup Police have arrested a man, Pankaj Satpute, 26, for attacking his lover with a blade after her refusal to accompany him for Diwali shopping on November 8. The woman, a widow with children, was reluctant to go out with Satpute, lest she be seen by her relatives. Police have booked Satpute under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for attempt to murder.

According to police, on November 8, Satpute, who had been dating the woman for about 10 months, stopped by her house in Ramabai Nagar,  Bhandup. The woman’s husband had died a few years ago and she was staying with her father. He asked her to accompany him to a mall in Thane for Diwali shopping. She refused, which angered Satpute. He asked for an explanation and she said it would not look good for them to be seen together in public. Enraged at her reply, Satpute left her house and stormed outside without speaking to her.

A few hours later, close to midnight, Satpute, reportedly in an inebriated state, knocked at the woman’s door. Police said when the victim opened the door, Satpute once again sought an explanation from her for refusing to accompany him. “The victim reiterated her answer,” police said. Ramesh Khade, senior police inspector of Bhandup police station said, “Unfortunately, her response was met with an assault by Satpute. He whipped out a blade from his pocket and slashed her throat and then fled the spot.”

The victim’s father and neighbours immediately rushed her to hospital and approached the Bhandup police to register a case against Satpute. After a four-hour search, Satpute was caught near Thane railway station and booked for attempting to murder his lover. Satpute was produced in a metropolitan court on Friday and remanded in police custody till November 14.

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