Learning to gamble within your means is an important skill, and one that a lot of men never pickup, resulting in large arguments with their spouse. An Indian man tried to find a way out of that last bit of the fight, gambling away his wife.
Gulf News reports Binod Kumar Shah, a man from Banka in Bihar, India, was gambling on November 11, and ended up losing more than he could pay for. To pay off his debt, he allegedly offered up his wife, Chanda Devi, to another man.
He returned home to her in the middle of the night, waking her up to tell her to go with the winning gambler. “[Shah] told me the winner would arrive at home the next morning and so you should get ready to go with him since I have lost you in the game,” Devi reportedly told the police.
The story seems zany until you get to the next morning, when Shah allegedly assaulted Devi when she refused to go with the winner. She then went to the police to report the entire thing.
“We have registered the case and have begun investigation,” said senior police official Kumar Sunny. They are hoping for some further testimony from Devi, but she has failed to re-appear at the police station. “We were informed the woman has left for her parent’s home,” Sunny said.
This isn’t even the first incident of strange gambling losses in the state of Bihar. Gulf news notes another incident where a woman lost herself to another man for two days. Last year, a man lost his three year old son.
If Shah is prosecuted for losing his wife, as you’d expect he should be, he might want to look to these previous cases to see what he’s in store for. The man who lost his son was ordered to do 50 sit-ups; although in that case, its unlikely authorities seriously expected the winning gambler to want to keep a three year old boy. I mean, ‘losing’ a three year old to a potential baby-sitter for a day, who really won that bet anyway?
But as Shah allegedly also beat his wife, this should raise the penalty he faces, and create harder questions for the government of Bihar, like why they don’t create safe spaces to gamble where people stop losing their family members.