Braid Cutting

Not able to cope with ‘additional responsibilities’ after childbirth, woman chopped own braid, claims police

Srinagar: Police on Saturday said that the woman, resident of Chanapora area of Srinagar, who alleged that her braid was chopped did it herself as she was not able to ‘cope up with additional responsibilities’ after the birth of her child.

The police also claimed that after the incident she is getting all the ‘attention and sympathy’ of the family.

In a statement police said, “Clinical psychologists suggest that it can be a case of postpartum depression, a condition which occurs after the delivery of a baby. The depression remains intense for the first 6 months post delivery. Mother finds it difficult to cope up with new additional responsibilities. She has sleepless nights, mood swings and her biological clock gets disturbed.”

The statement further added, “In this particular case the mother of the victim has recently expired and her mother in law has also expired both of whom are a big support to a new mother. Also, the husband due to his own engagements is unable to share the responsibilities. All this aggravated her condition which led her to resort to the said act.”

The statement also claimed that the doctors upon examination said that no spray had been used on the said woman. Her father-in-law had alleged that she was strangulated, which again the doctors have denied.

Recently, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also said the more than the incidents of braid chopping, it were the rumours which were making rounds.


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