A 35-year-old man, during a heated exchange of words, killed his wife by pushing her through a window on the second floor of a private hospital near Kundrathur on Thursday.
Police said Veeramani, a construction worker, was quarrelling with his wife Chitra (28) in the Madha Medical College and Hospital in Kovur, where the couple’s elder daughter was hospitalised after an alleged suicide attempt.
“Ironically, the girl, who was depressed over the frequent quarrels between her parents, consumed phenol on Thursday. Chitra, who was living with her mother, came to the hospital in the evening when Veeramani again picked up a quarrel with her near the ward where the child was admitted,” said a police officer.
Even as several of Chitra’s relatives were standing nearby, Veeramani suddenly pushed her through a window.
Chitra fell on the ground and suffered severe head injuries. She was rushed to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for treatment, where she succumbed to the injuries on Friday morning.
“Veeramani was addicted to alcohol and was harassing Chitra suspecting her fidelity. Unable to bear this, Chitra went to her mother’s house last week and refused to return. In the hospital on Thursday, Veeramani was asking Chitra to return to him. When she refused, he pushed her in a fit of anger,” police said.
The couple had three children aged 10, 9 and 5 years and lived in Kolapakkam near Porur.
The Kundrathur police registered a case of murder against Veeramani and arrested him. Further investigations are on.