A 29-year-old man was arrested for strangulating his wife and throwing her body into a river at Kasara on Monday night.
According to police sources, the couple had three minor daughters but the accused, Kunal Sonak Khadke, wanted a boy and was upset that his wife Indu (27) could not bear one. The couple have had several quarrels over the past few months on that matter.
Kunal is a farmer in Bothra village in Thane rural. He was produced in court and was remanded to police custody till November 11.
Late on Monday, Kunal asked his wife to come along with him to the market to buy clothes. On their way back, the couple fought again on the issue of a having a son. Kunal allegedly wanted to remarry and hoped that his new wife would give him a son. He was asking Indu to accept the idea. But this made Indu lose her temper and the argument turned ugly where as per the police, Kunal even abused Indu.
A police constable from Kasara police station said, “As they reached near a bridge on Kothe river, Kunal stopped his bike and a fit of rage he strangulated his wife. But he got scared after she stopped breathing and to make it look like an accident, he kept the wife’s body on the two wheeler and pushed it off the bridge and into the river.”
When a few passersby witnessed what happened, they informed the police. The police fished out the body and sent it for post mortem. After identification, the husband was taken into custody as the prime suspect but Kunal soon confessed to killing Indu over a son.
The bike has been seized and after the post mortem, the body has been handover to the family members.
A case was lodged against Kunal under section 498a (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 302 (punishment for murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code.