20 September, 2020

Home-Made Homicides

Three killings, all of women; three killers, all known to the victims

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Home-Made Homicides

It is indeed painful to write about the recent killings of three hapless women in three cities—Bangalore, Mumbai and Jodhpur. My heart aches to think of them; I won’t hazard a guess as to which one was most cruel. On August 10, Satish Gupta (30) of Bangalore, an executive with Infosys, is alleged to have done away with his wife of three years, Priyanka (28), a teacher at Delhi Public School, by slitting her throat. Priyanka was not in the pink of health, and the married life of the childless couple is said to have been turbulent. Also, she apparently didn’t get along well with her in-laws and didn’t want her husband to have anything to do with them.

In the Mumbai incident, Ajay Dongarshi (35) was so obsessed with his niece Kiran, ten years his junior, that he wanted to marry her. Possibly depressed at having lost both his wife and his job recently, and unable to take a ‘no’ from the unrelenting woman, he killed her. He then slit his wrists in a suicide attempt and wrote her name in blood on the walls...



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