A 41-year-old woman was brutally murdered in Hyderabad on Tuesday, possibly due to strained marital relations. The accused reportedly stabbed and severed his wife's head over suspicions regarding her fidelity. The police have registered a murder case against the accused under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The victim, identified as Pushpalatha, was allegedly killed by her husband, an auto driver named Vijay, who is said to have frequently harassed her.
The incident took place at a government-owned two-bedroom house in JNNURM Colony, where Vijay had taken his wife under the pretense of cleaning his sister's recently purchased house.
Vijay attacked Pushpalatha with a knife, severing her head after stabbing her to death. Locals called the police after seeing Vijay exiting the flat in blood-stained clothes.
Upon arrival at the scene, the police found the woman's body and seized the weapon used for the murder.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at around 2.00 pm when Vijay took his wife to the newly allotted double-bedroom house of his sister. He attacked her using a kitchen knife, slit her throat, beheaded her body, and absconded, said the police.
Further investigation is underway.
In their preliminary investigation, the police revealed that the couple were married for 15 years and are survived by two children, a boy, 13, and a girl, 9. Pushpalatha was pursuing a beautician's course at the time of her death.
Investigating officers revealed that the couple's relationship was strained, with Vijay having abandoned the family at one point. This led Pushpalatha to file a missing person's report.
In 2014, an attempted murder case was registered against Vijay at the Medipally Police Station after he assaulted Pushpalatha.