Man slits wife's throat at court after deciding to reunite
In a heart-wrenching incident, a man allegedly killed his estranged wife by slitting her throat with a large knife at a family court in Karnataka, NDTV reported. The incident took place minutes after the couple had resolved to put their differences aside and reunite to save their seven-year marriage. The couple went to court to attend a counseling session after filing for divorce.
How did officials describe the incident?
Officials told NDTV that Shivakumar (32) attacked his wife, Chaitra (28), after she left the Holenarasipura family court in the Hassan district after one hour of counseling. They said he followed her to the restroom and slashed her throat with a machete, leaving her bleeding. When he attempted to run after committing the crime, Shivakumar was overpowered by people present at the court premises.
Woman died in hospital due to serious injuries
The police said Chaitra was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and put on assisted breathing. However, she died during treatment as some nerves on her neck were damaged, and she lost so much blood as a result of the severe cut on her throat. Meanwhile, the police are looking into how the husband got the knife into the court.
Husband in police custody
"We have him [the husband] in our custody. We have seized the weapon he used to commit the crime. We will investigate what transpired after the counseling session and how he managed to get the weapon inside the court," said Hariram Shankar, a senior police officer in Hassan. He said they will get to know more details during the course of the investigation.
Alleged wife abuser now charged under IPC Section 302
"We have registered a case of murder against him [Shivakumar] under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code for further legal proceedings," Superintendent of Police R Srinivas Gowda told Hindustan Times. According to him, an FIR of domestic violence was filed against Shivakumar in the past, and counseling was organized to help the husband and wife live peacefully and amicably.