When Jerrit G John, 46, flung hazardous chemical at 26-year-old physiotherapist Aryanka Hosbetkar’s face on Wednesday morning, it was not an impulsive act and it was not the first time he had attacked her.
It was a planned move as he tried to eliminate all evidence of differences between him and Hosbetkar, as well as his illicit links with another woman.
The couple was facing problems in their 10-month-old relationship after she found out that he was cheating on her.
After an argument on Tuesday night, John snatched one of her mobile phones and fled. “Hosbetkar had two mobile phones, but he only snatched the one which had the threatening text messages he had sent her as he knew it was incriminating evidence against him,” said a police official, requesting anonymity.
He claimed that John even formatted his laptop, which had folders of emails and messages from all the women he had been in a relationship with.
When John came to Hosbetkar’s Dadar home at 5am on on Wednesday, she was talking to her friends under the building, He dragged her upstairs, allegedly flung the chemical on her face even as her shocked mother and friends watched. He fled after locking them all inside.
This was not the first time he had assaulted her. “Last month, after an argument near Mount Mary Church in Bandra, John held Hosbetkar by the neck and banged her face to a wall. She suffered bruises on one side of her face,” said a police official.
He added that when friends advised Hosbetkar to file an FIR against him, she refused as she was in love with him and scared of his temper.
“Once he had attacked her in his Bandra office. We tried to get hold of the CCTV footage to use as evidence against him, but he had erased it,” a friend claimed.
Hosbetkar often ignored his ill-treatment.
On one occasion, John reportedly told Hosbetkar that they should slit their throats and end their lives. She refused and said if he wanted her dead he should kill her. In fact, John was caught twice by the traffic police for driving his vehicle without any documents. “On both the occasions, she bailed him out,” said a common friend.