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MP Couple Shifts Homes 18 Times in 3 Years Due to Wife's Cockroach Phobia, Now He Wants a Divorce

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Last Updated: April 16, 2021, 18:33 IST

Fear of cockroaches | Image credit: Reuters (Representational)

Fear of cockroaches | Image credit: Reuters (Representational)

The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal when a couple moved 18 houses in three years since they got married due to the woman's crippling fear of roaches.

A woman’s marriage may end up in divorce after she and her husband changed 18 houses in the past three years due to her crippling fear of cockroaches. The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal. The husband, a software engineer working in the city, had no idea about his wife’s phobia before he married her. But soon after the wedding in 2017, the woman revealed her condition when she saw a cockroach in the kitchen and screamed her lungs out, thereby refusing to enter the kitchen again and insisting they move houses.

The couple moved homes for the first time in 2018 and then kept on shifting homes one after the other for the next three years. In fact, the couple has now moved into 18 new homes but all in vain. According to reports, the man now wants to file for divorce as he is tired of moving to new houses.

Incidentally, the husband tried to get the woman tested at several psychiatric institutes and professionals including one at AIIMS. The woman, however, refused to follow her medication course and has instead accused the husband of trying to baselessly declare her a mental health patient.

The matter was even taken to the men’s rights organisation BHAI Welfare Society for counseling but could not resolve the issue. According to reports, the seemingly exhausted husband is now seeking a divorce.


The fear of cockroaches is referred to as Katsaridaphobia and can be debilitating for persons suffering from it. Zoophobias like Katsaridaphobia are usually treated using cognitive behavior therapy through either the ‘Gradual Desentisation’ method or the Exposure method.

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first published:April 16, 2021, 18:33 IST
last updated:April 16, 2021, 18:33 IST