This fascinating picture leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I suspect the absence of mental health care leaves this wife with no other option.
Rupak De Chowdhuri / Reuters
Kalyani Das, 60, ties her husband Pachugopal, 65, to the metal bars of a train window using a chain and padlocks as they travel from Mallickpur village where they live to Kolkata where she works Sept. 19. Kalyani Das said her husband suffers from a mental disorder; the condition started seven years ago due to family problems, and she chains him to prevent him from abusing her and running away while she works. Kalyani, who earns 50 Indian Rupees a day ($1.05) working at a roadside eatery, said she wishes for his death so that their suffering could end. She was married to Pachugopal at the age of 10 and has been married for 50 years, Kalyani said.