A 25-year-old man bludgeoned his wife to death by smashing her head against the wall and had sex with the corpse before falling asleep beside it, the Delhi Police said Saturday.
Pradeep Sharma, an e-rickshaw driver, was arrested on Friday and confessed to killing his wife Monica in a fit of rage and under the influence of alcohol at their home in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar on May 30, police said. The couple fought frequently over money and Sharma also suspected Monica of being unfaithful.
They argued on the night of May 30 over getting an eviction notice for being late on their rent payment. A police source said a heavily-drunk Sharma smashed Monica’s face with a brick and slammed her head against the wall repeatedly till she passed out. After she died, he wiped her bloodied face clean with a wet cloth and had sex with the body before crashing out.
“When he woke up the next morning, he realised he had killed his wife,” the source said.
DCP (west) Pushpendra Kumar said, “He took away her mobile phone and other articles which could help identify them. He even informed his father he had killed his wife and then switched off his phone.”
The police were informed of the murder by the landlord. Teams were formed and raids conducted in Pradeep’s village in Bulandshar, Uttar Pradesh, but he could not be traced.
“We then received information that Pradeep was hiding near Nangloi railway station and planned to take a train to UP. Teams were deployed at Nangloi, Shakur Basti, Old and New Delhi railway stations for two days round-the-clock till he was arrested,” DCP Kumar said.
During questioning, Sharma told the police the fighting started within three months of marriage as he made little money and the couple, struggling to make rent, had to frequently move houses.