A domestic help allegedly stabbed a 60-year-old woman 22 times with a kitchen knife and robbed her at her flat in Sector 11 in Dwarka in southwest Delhi on Friday afternoon. The accused minor from Darbhanga in Bihar was held before he could flee from the spot.
The domestic help killed the woman as she had slapped him around three days ago, said the police.
This is the third murder case in a week wherein a domestic help allegedly killed an elderly woman. The other two were reported from Kalkaji in south Delhi and Pachim Vihar in west Delhi. In the three cases, the accused were annoyed with their employers.
The victim, Uma Sharma, was the relative of a secretary-level official in the ministry of civil aviation. Her husband, Pramod Sharma, is a retired engineer from KRIBHCO, Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd. He is working for a private company at Okhla in south Delhi, police said.
The elderly couple lives in Gold Croft Apartments in Sector 11, Dwarka. Their two sons are settled in the US.
On Friday, Uma and the boy got into an argument. The teenager turned violent, picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed Uma multiple times all over her body.
Thereafter, he removed her jewellery, collected the cash and other valuables from the flat. He allegedly locked the flat from outside, telephoned Pramod and told him four men had killed Uma and robbed the house. The help claimed the robbers had locked him in the kitchen.
The teenager had planned to flee from the crime scene before Sharma could return home from office. He thought Sharma would first return home to check on his wife and then call the police.
Sharma, however, informed his neighbours and the caretaker of the apartments about the crime. The neighbours immediately called the police and rushed to his flat, where they found the boy standing outside.
Deependra Pathak, joint CP (southwestern range), said within five minutes, the SHO of the Dwarka South police station reached the flat.
“It took the SHO seconds to solve the crime. He immediately took the domestic help into custody and questioned him at length. The boy broke down and confessed to the crime. We also recovered the stolen valuables,” said Pathak.
The teenager was employed at the flat only two months ago. The accused and the couple belonged to the same place in Bihar.