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Delhi man allegedly kills wife, baby in front of two other sons

Delhi Police said the man allegedly suspected his wife of infidelity and thought the youngest child was not his. The father of the accused told police he saw the couple’s eldest son sitting on a trunk and looking at the bodies

delhi Updated: Jan 17, 2018 12:53 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Murder,Crime,Man kills wife
Delhi Police said the couple had been married for 13 years.

A woman and her 18-month-old son were murdered in northwest Delhi on Monday night allegedly by her husband in front of the couple’s two other sons, police said on Tuesday.

Police said the husband, Om Prakash Kumar, is on the run. He allegedly spent the night with the corpses and the two children, aged six and four, before leaving the house at G-block in Jahangirpuri around 6am on Tuesday.

The two children were awake when he hit their toddler brother on the head, apparently with a hammer, and stabbed their mother five times in the chest and abdomen with a dagger between 9pm and 11pm.

The boy bled to death as the blow caused multiple skull fractures. The man suspected his wife’s fidelity and thought the youngest child was not his, police said.

The woman, 30-year-old Shobha, was stabbed as well as hit with a blunt object.

“The suspect did not harm his other two sons. The six-year-old boy told us that he was afraid, turned his head, and fell asleep. The other child is too young to describe what happened,” an officer said.

According to Aslam Khan, the deputy commissioner of police (northwest), the crime came to light around 8.30am on Tuesday when Kumar’s father, Khubi Ram, went to his son’s room on the first floor to use the washroom and found the bodies on the floor.

Ram told police his elder grandson was sitting on a trunk and looking at the bodies when he went in. “The child was not crying and his brother was sleeping,” he said.

Kumar, who painted homes for a living, married Shobha 13 years ago and the couple allegedly quarrelled often. The woman had filed a dowry harassment and domestic violence case against Kumar in 2010, but withdrew it later, officer Khan said.

Shobha’s family suspects the role of her in-laws in the murder, saying she was staying with her parents since February last year because of her drunkard husband’s harassment. “Her family alleges that Kumar took her home a week ago with the children to kill her,” Khan said.

Police have registered a case of murder and formed four teams to catch the husband.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 07:53 IST