In a gruesome incident, a husband allegedly killed his eight-month pregnant wife. She lost battle to life after succumbing to her injuries on Friday.
Reena (24), a resident of Paploha village of Kalka, got married with Ram Kumar of Gumthala village of Pinjore about a year ago, according to Reena's parents.
Kumar works as a farmer and lives in a joint family. As per family Kumar's family members, the marriage was going peaceful but for the past one month there were frequent arguments between them even on trivial issues. Reena even went to her parents' house on January 14 with Kumar and returned late in the evening. Around 9 pm, they had a fight and Kumar allegedly hit her with an iron rod on head in their room on the first floor of the house. He then came down. Then, Kumar's brother saw Reena and told others that she needed to be taken to hospital. Other family members came to see her and shifted her to a private hospital in Sector 21.
She continued to fight battle with her injuries, but died on Friday. However, she gave birth to a girl child through caesarean on Thursday.
Her body was shifted to General Hospital, Sector 6, for a post-mortem and later handed over to her parents. The post-mortem report revealed that she died of head injury and was hit a number of times on head. There was no injury on rest of her body, Dr Sunil Gambhir told mediapersons.
"We have registered the case under section 302 (for murder) of the Indian Penal Code and have arrested Ram Kumar. He assaulted his wife, following a fight on domestic issue. There was an iron rod nearby with which he had hit her," said inspector Pradeep Rana, Pinjore SHO.
'We were informed a day later'
Reena's father Babu Ram told the media that their daughter never told them about any rift with her husband. In fact, both visited them on January 14 and the same day they clashed and she was hit by an iron road, he added. According to him, they were informed the next day about the incident.