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Harassed wife kills husband in Pune

Crushes his head with millstone, then attempts suicide; now in police custody.

A homemaker allegedly bludgeoned her husband to death on Wednesday afternoon in Somwar Peth as “she was fed up with his harassment”, the police said.

Following her arrest, she has been produced in a magisterial court and remanded to five days in police custody. According to the police, the woman — congenitally blind in one eye — had attempted to kill her husband earlier also. The 45-year-old had also made up her mind to end her own life but did not get an opportunity.

Victim Sanjay Jagtap (54) used to work as a lab assistant with a private school.


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The police said she was the second wife of Jagtap. They got married in 1993 after Jagtap’s first wife reportedly committed suicide “due to family issues”.

“It was a joint family. Jagtap, his wife, a son from his first wife, and a daughter from the second wife stayed in the house. Jagtap earned about Rs 20,000 per month from his job which fell short of meeting the needs of the family. According to neighbours, quarrels often happened in the family,” said P J Gajjewar, police sub-inspector investigating the case.

She has confessed to having tried to kill her husband in another instance three weeks ago, the police said.

“Jagtap has a habit of taking an afternoon nap. Three weeks ago, when he was sleeping, the woman had almost assaulted him with a millstone but stopped as she got suspicious of being watched by someone,” said Senior Police Inspector of Samarth police station D A Patil.


On Wednesday, Jagtap was asleep when she crushed his head with the same stone, by hitting twice. She then kept the stone aside, without washing the blood. She later changed her clothes and went to see her sister. Once there, she removed her gold ornaments and handed it over to her sister. Then she headed towards Khadakwasla with an intention to commit suicide but failed as the dam was crowded. Later she headed to Sinhagad Fort to kill herself when her relatives caught hold of her and took her to the police station, Patil said.


First published on: 22-04-2016 at 01:08 IST
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