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Asked to study, woman murders mother-in-law

The police on Monday arrested a 28-year-old woman for allegedly murdering her mother-in-law.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2010 00:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The police on Monday arrested a 28-year-old woman for allegedly murdering her mother-in-law.

Poonam Rani murdered her 62-year-old mother-in-law Shrawan Devi at their Shahpur Jat residence on Sunday because was pressuring her to pursue higher studies, police said.

“She told us that her mother-in-law scolded her on petty issues and was pressuring her to join BEd as she had done her Sanskrit from Kamla Nehru College. They had serious differences and altercations over joining BEd. She was not interesting in pursuing studies,” said H.G.S Dhaliwal, DCP (south).

According to police, the heated discussion continued for long on August 7. Her mother-in-law allegedly taunted her by saying that had she married her son to some other girl, she would have listened to her and gone for higher studies.

“Poonam got infuriated at this. She waited for Shrawan to go to bed and attacked her with a blunt object. When Shrawan threatened to call her sons and other daughters-in-law, Poonam continued her assault, hitting her on the head 8-10 times,” Dhaliwal said.

Police said Poonam then hid the weapon inside the worship room and cooked up a story about a gang of thieves attacking and killing her mother-in-law. The rest of the family was away on a trip to Haridwar when the incident happened.

“We zeroed-in on her after finding discrepancies in her statement and that there was no forced entry into the house,” Dhaliwal said.

According to police, the blood stains on the walls and the spotless clothes worn by Poonam gave her away.

“Investigators noticed both the single-bed in the room and the floor where the body was found were splattered with blood, pointing to the fact that the victim was attacked when she was on the bed,” he said.

Police recovered the weapon used to kill Shrawan.

First Published: Aug 10, 2010 00:54 IST