In modern Mahabharata, Muslim man gambles away wifeOctober 19th, 2008 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Oct 19 (IANS) In a story akin to the Pandavas’ tale in the epic Mahabharata, a Muslim man allegedly staked his wife in gambling after he had lost his money and possessions to some people, police said Sunday.Mohd. Mokhtar, in his 40s, of Shekhpura town, about 150 km from here, gambled his wife Shabnam, 35, to four of his friends Friday.
Shabnam was stunned when her husband’s friends told her that she would be handed over to them. “They told me that Mokhtar had lost me in gambling. It frightened me,” she told police. The men assaulted and abused her when she refused to go with them.
She, along with her two minor sons, met Sub-Divisional Police Officer Rajesh Kumar and sought help. Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas lost their possessions and kingdom and finally staked their common wife, Draupadi, in a game of dice with their scheming cousins, the Kauravas.