In what appeared to be a crime of passion a woman advocate was stabbed to death on the premises of the Karnataka High Court by a man believed to be a junior lawyer on Thursday.
The assailant, who was in an advocate’s outfit, stabbed the woman in the neck and chest outside a courtroom and then tried to commit suicide by consuming poison and slashing his throat in the toilet, the police said. He is now in hospital.
The woman, J.S. Naveena (25), bled to death before medical help could reach her.
Naveena had supposedly rejected a marriage proposal from the assailant, Raju alias Rajappa, (37), and had got engaged to someone else recently.
Senior advocate Subramanya Jois, an eyewitness to the murder, said the two entered into an argument in front of a courtroom during the lunch break. Soon, Rajappa lunged at her with a small dagger.
As onlookers intervened, Rajappa rushed to the toilet after inflicting wounds on Naveena and shut the door. The police broke it open and took him to a local hospital with stab injuries in the neck, chest and abdomen.
A half-empty bottle containing a poisonous substance was found near him.
Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar visited the spot and told reporters that it was “a freak incident” and that the lawyers should not panic.