A 30-year-old woman hammered her husband to death at their home in outer Delhi’s Narela late Monday night. The woman was upset with her husband, who had reportedly thrashed her when they had a quarrel in the evening.
The couple’s six-year-old daughter was a witness to the brutal murder, but she kept quiet out of fear, police said. Their two younger children were sleeping in the same room at the time of the murder.
The deceased, Kamal, an orphan, married Hansi seven years back. Hansi has mental illness and has been receiving treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), said police.
Police said she is also short tempered. Kamal, 32, had apparently forgotten to bring Hansi’s medicines while returning from a factory where he works, which led to the quarrel.
“During the fight, Kamal had beaten up Hansi. So she was angry and waited for Kamal to sleep before using a hammer to repeatedly hit on his head,” MN Tiwari, DCP (Rohini), said.
Investigators said Hansi also attacked her husband with a pair of scissors after throwing away the hammer. Blood stains on her face and in the room’s wall were found by the police on Tuesday morning.
The woman then spent the entire night at the house, even walking out of the house to watch a wedding procession passing by. A few women had asked her about the blood on her face, but she brushed aside the topic.
On Tuesday morning, the woman performed her household chores, but when she could not contain the alleged guilt, she walked over to her mother’s home in the neighbourhood and narrated her crime to her, said the DCP.
Hansi’s mother rushed to her daughter’s house as she could not believe what she had heard. The commotion that followed on discovering the murder drew the attention of the neighbours. Someone soon informed the police and a team was sent to the spot.
Hansi was arrested from there itself. Her interrogators said she was incoherent during questioning. Police have seized the weapons used in the crime and registered a murder case at Narela police station.