A man hacked his wife’s legs with a machete at their home in Canggu, allegedly in front of their young child.
Police are still investigating what compelled Kadek Adi Waisaka Putra, 33, to take such violent action on Tuesday evening, though it’s alleged that Putra was jealous and had accused his wife of cheating on him.
Graphic images of the victim, Ni Putu Kariani, with a trail of blood in her home as well as photos of her leg bandaged up have gone viral on Bali social media.
“The left leg of the victim was sliced through the ankle, while the victim’s right leg was almost broken off, from the shin,” Badung Police Superintendent Yudith Satriya Hananta, told Tribun Bali.
But things didn’t end there. Apparently feeling remorse for his actions right after, Putra put his wife on the back of his motorbike and drove her to Balimed Clinic Canggu, says Bali Police spokesman, Hengky Widjaja.
“So after being jealous, the perpetrator regretted his actions and took the victim to the clinic. We are still processing the case, it’s being handled by Badung Police,” Widjaja said.
After the incident, police arrested Putra and secured evidence from the scene, including a machete with a 31 centimeter-long blade with a 15 centimeter-long handle, along with a white towel, black shirt, and white shorts, and blue belt, all covered in blood.
It’s understood that the couple’s child who allegedly witnessed the bloody incident is of elementary-school age.
“Because this happened in Badung, TP2PA (police’s women and children’s protection unit) will plan to help psychiatric and psychological issues moving forward,” Nengah Budawati, legal aid adviser at the Bali Women’s Crisis Center told reporters.
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