Dubai: A 26-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her husband, who tried to mislead the police by making it look like a rape and murder on Monday in Bengaluru's Marathahalli district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The incident has outraged social media users.
A Facebook user @ Rupankmehta posted: "Why would people want to kill someone? He must have left her if he doesn't wish to stay with her. This world is getting worse every day."
According to a news source, the Marathahalli police solved the case within 24 hours. The victim was later identified as Sandhya, who was murdered in her home, and the incident came to light on Tuesday morning.
Her husband Nagesh is a mason by profession, and has been arrested in connection with the murder. He has been remanded into police custody.
Replying to the news, a Facebook user @Rahulkhanna commented: “The world itself is going through a tough time. I don’t understand why people can’t act normal. Really pathetic!”
Talking to a news channel, Bengaluru Deputy Superintendent of Police (DCP) D Devaraja said: "The accused was in a relationship with a widow. As he wanted to live with her, and his wife was objecting to this, he hatched a plot to kill her. Nagesh had tried to mislead the police but based on evidence found at the scene of the crime, and he emerged as the prime suspect.”
Officials added: "Nagesh was travelling with his mother to their native place in Chittoor, on Monday but midway, got down from the bus saying that he had some work. He returned to the city the same evening. He went to his house in the night and stabbed his wife in the neck and smashed her head with a hollow brick while she was asleep. Both their children were sleeping next to her when he killed her. He returned to Chittoor but neighbours heard the children crying in the morning.
"To project that it was committed by someone else, he had distorted his wife's clothes and kept cards, an empty liquor bottle, and two glasses. When he arrived on Tuesday, he acted innocent. However, investigations and his interrogation revealed his involvement in the murder.”
Recent statistics says the crime rate in Bengaluru has gone up over the last three years. The crime percentage is reportedly 65.54 per cent. The measure is calculated as number of crimes per 100,000 population. Reports say the hike in crime rate is because earlier police officials were reluctant to file First Information Report. Now the situation has drastically changed because of the involvement of social media.