A 22-year-old man was arrested on Monday for allegedly stabbing a 27-year-old woman after she refused to divorce her husband and marry him. The woman allegedly had an extramarital affair with the accused, Rajesh Raja Mani.
The police said Mani and the victim, Bhavana Venkatesh, a resident of Kailash building in Matunga (East), were from the same village in Karnataka. The two had an affair before Bhavana married and came to Mumbai.
Mani followed her to the city and settled in Matunga. “Mani began harassing Bhavana and pressuring her to marry him but she refused,” said police sub inspector P Datta. “A few days ago, Bhavana’s husband learnt about their affair and had a fight with her,” added Datta.
On Monday, her husband called Mani to their house. The police said that even in the presence of Venkatesh, Mani was pressurising Bhavana to divorce him. Venkatesh, left the house. Mani tried to persuade Bhavana again. When she refused, Mani picked up a knife and stabbed Bhavana and fled.
“Venkatesh registered a complaint against Mani. Mani has been remanded in police custody till December 10,” said Datta.