A 25-year-old woman was brutally murdered by a 43-year-old man in full public view on the busy Race Course Road Thursday afternoon for reportedly refusing to marry him.
The victim, a computer operator at the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC), has been identified as Sunitha, a resident of Tavarekere on Magadi road. The accused has been identified as Dhanaraj, a driver with a private firm and resident of Kempegowda Nagar on Magadi Road. The High Grounds police, who registered a case of murder, said the victim was stabbed brutally over 17 times by her Dhanaraj. She died on the way to hospital.
Sunitha and Dhanaraj had been in love and knew each other for the past six years. Dhanaraj was aware that Sunitha was married nine years ago and had a eight-year-old specially-abled child from the marriage that ended in a divorce, police said.
The incident on Thursday took place around 2 pm when Sunitha came out of gate number three at the Turf Club. Dhanaraj was allegedly waiting with a knife and stabbed her 17 times. A police constable who was at the junction near the scene managed to nab the attacker. A mob that gathered at the scene joined hands with the constable and ended up thrashing the accused before handing him over to the police.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) BR Ravikanthe Gowda said Sunitha had been avoiding Dhanaraj over the past three months. Dhanaraj claimed to have been enraged over being ignored, the police said. The police said Dhanaraj had confessed that he had been proposing marriage to Sunitha when she began avoiding him.