By Isha Sesay • 13 January 2020 • 19:24
A woman was pulled out of the waters by her husband at a swimming pool in Manacor. Credit: J. Bastida.
A MAN has been arrested for gender-violence after threatening his wife at a public swimming pool in Manacor in Mallorca, Spain.
As reported by officers working on the case, a 41-year-old Moroccan man stormed into a well-known sporting facility in the municipality, ordering his wife to get out of the pool as other men were swimming at the time. Witnesses report that he had pulled her out of the pool and ripped her burkini as well as breaking her swimming googles.
Employees then immediately called the police, where a short time later officers arrived at the scene. The National Police state that the woman was incredibly nervous and upon questioning she revealed that her husband forbade her to swim with other men under his strict rules.
Officers then proceeded to accompany the woman to her home where they found that the house was in serious disarray. It is understood that earlier that day a heated argument pursued, where the victim confirmed that the broken furniture and glass was a result of her husband’s aggression.
Despite this, the woman chose to not make an official complaint to the police, however, officers from the Unit for Family and Women (UFAM) have confirmed that they have arrested the man for crimes relating to gender violence.
Significant efforts have been made by the police to support victims of gender violence since the alarming figures were released in 2018 that revealed there were 3,497 active cases in Palma. The Department of Comprehensive Attention to Gender Violence also stated at the end of last year, the Balearic Islands led the ranking of women who were abused in Spain.
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