In a shocking incident that took place in Gurugram, a 30-year-old polio inflicted woman was allegedly choked and then stabbed 35 times on Monday night (July 30). Preliminary investigations have revealed that the woman, who has been identified as Ayesha Khatoon, was also "tortured".
Police yet to nab accused
The woman used to live with her husband and his second wife. On the day the murder took place, Khatoon was alone at her one-room rented accommodation, when she was reportedly attacked and stabbed to death at around 9:30 pm.
"A kitchen knife was used to commit the crime. It was recovered from the crime scene and has been sent for forensic examination," Hindustan times quoted inspector Chander Parkash, station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 17/18 police station as saying,
The police are suspecting that she was killed by her husband's second wife and her brother, as they are currently absconding and also because the accused woman did not get along well with the victim.
"Preliminary investigation suggests that the prime suspect is her husband's second wife and her brother, who are at large," added Parkash.
Investigations have also revealed that Khatoon and her husband had been married for years but did not have any children. However, her husband and his second wife have children. As a result "there used to be frequent fights between the wives over this issue," the English daily quoted an investigator as saying.
The police have recovered the body and an autopsy has been conducted.
"The body has 35 cuts, including many superficial ones and a few deep cuts, possibly inflicted with a kitchen knife or small screwdriver. The manner of killing suggests the victim was tortured," said Dr Deepak Mathur, forensic expert at Civil Hospital, Gurugram.
The cops are currently investigating the case. Besides trying to trace the suspects, they are also probing whether Khatoon's husband had any role in the murder. "The role of the husband, who was allegedly at his workplace at the time of the incident, is being investigated," sub-inspector Satinder Singh said.
A case has been registered against the two prime suspects under section 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).