A woman’s concern that her husband should not sleep on an empty stomach cost her life.
The 50-year-old woman was pushed off a balcony by her husband in East Delhi’s Khichdipur on Sunday night.
The couple’s 11-year-old grandson saw the incident. The boy told police that at 9.45pm his grandfather Dilip Kumar, 55, returned home from an outstation trip after a week. Kumar worked with a transport company.
He reportedly dozed off in a room and his wife was preparing dinner in the kitchen. At around 10 pm, Lalita called him for dinner from the kitchen.
On getting no response, Lalita called his name aloud a few times, unaware her husband was sleeping. A few minutes later, Kumar allegedly came out of the room and caught her by the hair.
“Kumar thrashed his wife, took her to the balcony and pushed her from the second floor. His grandson Dilip tried to stop Kumar but he was slapped and told not to intervene,” an officer said.
Locals who saw Lalita fall informed the police. Kumar allegedly fled the house after realising Lalita may have died. The police rushed her to hospital where she was declared brought dead.
Police said the couple had recently fought over financial matters.
“Our probe revealed Kumar and his wife had a fight some months ago. On Sunday, neighbours heard them fighting. Lalita refused to let her husband inside the house. Neighbours have said that they heard the two fighting before dinner. We have registered a case and are verifying the details,” a police officer said.