Two days after a 22-year-old woman was stabbed 27 times in a deserted spot in Sector-41,Noida,police have arrested her husband on the charge of attempt to murder.
The arrest was made after Bharti Yadav,in her statement to a magistrate,said her husband,Shravan,attacked her mercilessly and was assisted by a friend. Police are on the lookout for the friend who has been identified but is said to be on the run.
Bharti alleged that her husband wanted to kill her because she had refused to give in to his demands for dowry.
Bharti and Shravan married in 2012,but had been living separately for the last two months. After regular fights at home,Bharti had moved out and was living with her parents in Bhaupur.
On Thursday night,Shravan turned up in Bhaupur and took her for a drive,claiming he wanted to spend time with her. In his statement to police,Shravan had said he had stopped his SUV in Aghapur and stepped out to urinate when Bharti was attacked by two or three men.
But in her statement,Bharti said: Shravan came over to my parents house in his Tata Safari and insisted on taking me to the Sector-61 mall. Though I was tired,I agreed. On our way to Sarfabad (Shravans house),Shravan asked me if I wanted to meet his brother and I agreed. But he took a detour,stopped at a deserted spot and got out saying he wanted to urinate. As soon as he stepped out of the car,he said he had seen some movement behind a tree. When I turned ,he began stabbing me.
Police said Shravan stabbed her several times in the throat. His friend,who was at the spot before they arrived,held Bharti while Shravan continued to attack her.
Bharti told police that Shravan dragged her by the hair and kicked her in the stomach. I was screaming in pain. I told him that I was pregnant with his child. He didnt listen and continued to kick me. I fainted after that, Bharti said.
Both police and Bhartis family later said Bharti was not pregnant and she told him that to save herself.
During questioning,Shravan told police that after the attack,he called up his brother. He told his brother that they had been attacked by robbers. His brother called them to his house. But Shravan drove around for sometime,perhaps because he was trying to make up a story to tell his brother and police. It is also possible that he was waiting for Bharti to die before he took her to the hospital, a senior officer said.
DSP (Noida) Shivram Yadav said,Shravan had planned the murder and had gone prepared with a knife. The knife has been recovered.