Indian kills wife in Italy for being 'westernized'
A 37-year-old Indian migrant in Italy killed his pregnant wife because she loved wearing western clothes and he wanted to punish her for going against Indian traditions.chandigarh Updated: May 29, 2012 19:49 IST
A 37-year-old Indian migrant in Italy killed his pregnant wife because she loved wearing western clothes and he wanted to punish her for going against Indian traditions.
The Indian -- whose name was given as Singh Kulbir -- told police in Piacenza city in northern Italy that he strangled to death his 27-year-old wife -- named as Kaur Balwinder -- before throwing her corpse in the Po river, the AKI news agency reported.
Investigators said Kulbir, who worked for an agricultural company, killed his wife to punish her for dressing like a westerner. Balwinder's body was found floating Sunday in the Po river near Piacenza, a total of 153 days after she went missing.
The mother of a five-year-old boy, Balwinder was three months pregnant, according to thePiacenzaSera news website.
Another Italian news agency AGI said the accused killed his "excessively westernized" young Indian wife because he feared he would lose her.
The woman's father reported her disappearance on May 1.
Her husband told the military police that he was sure she had left home because she wanted to leave him. Kulbir, however, has no criminal record.
He confessed when his wife's body was found on the river bank near S.Nazzaro di Monticelli D'Ongina. The body was spotted by two girls walking in the area.
The AGI report said Balwinder lived for about 10 years with her husband in Baselico Duce village, on a farm where the man looked after the cattle.
She was a housewife and occasionally did domestic jobs and was known and liked by other mothers with children attending the local kindergarten. The other women had organised a search party when she disappeared.
Her husband too led a normal, quiet life and was seen taking their little boy to school. The woman's family has lived in Tuscany for around 20 years.
First Published: May 29, 2012 16:44 IST