A young woman allegedly murdered her alcoholic husband when he fought with her and tried to take away the laptop she had won for topping the Class 8 exams three years ago.
Married off at just 16 years of age, the topper had to drop out of school. Her husband, Harphool, 20, a resident of Kanota, worked at an automobile showroom and was an alcoholic. His incessant demands for money to fuel his addiction often led to heated arguments between the couple.
The friction reached its peak on Thursday morning, when Harphool tried to sell his wife’s only prized possession — the laptop.
Police said Harphool argued that since his wife was no longer a student, she did not need the laptop.
“A scuffle ensued and in a fit of rage the girl picked up one of the rocks that were kept in the house to balance matkas (earthen pots to store drinking water) and hit Harphool in the head,” said deputy commissioner of police (east) Kunwar Rashtradeep. “Since the rock was a heavy one, Harphool collapsed immediately after a single blow. The girl then called her parents and Harphool was rushed to SMS Hospital, where he was declared dead by the doctors.”
Rashtradeep said the girl was arrested and sent to a juvenile correctional centre for women on Thursday.
“The investigation is being conducted and since she is a minor, it will be decided that under which sections the case will be lodged against her. Prima facie it appears that the murder happened in the spur of the moment and wasn’t premeditated,” said the deputy commissioner.
The girl’s family lives at village Toda Bilond near Jamwaramgarh.