Ravana's uncle Akampana escaped from the forest and fled to Lanka where he reported to his nephew. "A human killed Khara and Dushana and their army in the forest," he gasped.
Ravana was outraged. "I will kill that human!" he shouted.
"His name is Rama, and he lives in the forest with his brother and his wife," Akampana explained. "His brother mutilated your sister. And his wife is beautiful. Very beautiful! To punish Rama you should abduct his wife."
This idea delighted Ravana. "I will go there at once," he said. "And when I return, I'll have a new wife!"