A man in Mexico has allegedly forced his younger girlfriend to wear a padlock on her jeans so that she would stay faithful to him.
The 25-year-old woman, who has not been identified, went to authorities in Veracruz and said that she was in pain after being unable to go to the bathroom for hours.
She told them that, for years, her 40-year-old boyfriend had padlocked her into her jeans but that she was too afraid of him to cut herself out.
Authorities arrested her boyfriend, who admitted to locking up the woman and gave the key to police. CNN reported.
Police were surprised that the woman did not wish to press charges and the man was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge but released after a few hours.
But the following day, he signed a statement promising not to use the padlock again.
Araceli Gonzalez, a women’s rights activist in the state of Veracruz, said that the authorities had failed the women.
‘She was a victim of a crime for 12 years and neither the community nor authorities did anything about it,’ she said. ‘The handling of this case didn’t follow the law. Nobody acted against the aggressor.’
State authorities said they are limited in what they can do as she did not press charges, but Gonzalez countered that the authorities had to step up when abuses occurred.
She said she believes the case is just one of thousands.