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Unable to provide food, treatment, man murders 22-year-old ailing wife in Ghaziabad

The police said that the woman had gotten weak after a miscarriage and the man did not have money to provide for her treatment or even food.

noida Updated: Aug 16, 2017 22:21 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Ghaziabad,man murders wife,police
The man fled the scene of the crime and returned in the morning to trick the police into believing that some unidentified persons had murdered his wife while he was away on night duty.

The police on Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly murdered his 22-year-old wife at their Shyam Park Extension residence in Ghaziabad on August 14. The body was found with the wrists and throat slashed.

The police said that the woman had gotten weak after a miscarriage and the man did not have money to provide for her treatment or even food.

The couple, Pooja Bharti,22, and Sandeep Rai, 24, had eloped from their village in Kushinagar near Gorakhpur in May and got married in a temple, the police said. They came to Ghaziabad and stayed at a rented house in Sahibabad.

“Since her miscarriage two months ago, the woman had become weak and was repeatedly demanding proper treatment and food from her husband. He was earning a monthly salary of Rs5,000 and was unable to take proper care of her,” a police officer said.

“On the evening of the incident, Rai and Bharti had an altercation, following which Rai punched her twice and the woman fell unconscious as she was weak. Rai took a kitchen knife and slashed her wrists. After some time, he thought she may reveal the incident after gaining consciousness and so, slashed her throat and left the knife lodged there,” the officer said.

The man fled the scene of the crime and returned in the morning to trick the police into believing that some unidentified persons had murdered his wife while he was away on night duty. He also filed a police complaint but the police were not convinced with his story as none of his neighbours reported seeing any outsider or anyone entering the house.

“There was no motive for any outsider to enter the house for robbery or theft. We found that the man was present in the room on the evening of the incident. We also got confirmation that the woman was murdered during the evening, as per the post-mortem report. When questioned, Rai broke down and revealed that he was facing a cash crunch and could not take proper care of his wife,” Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city), said.

The police booked Rai for murder and also charged him under the provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Rai was working at an industrial unit in Sahibabad, the police said.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:21 IST