Aarushi Talwar MAY 2008
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help Hemraj were found murdered in their Noida home. The teenager’s parents, dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, were found guilty of murdering their daughter by a CBI court in November 2013 and sentenced to life. The prosecution said Rajesh found Aarushi in an objectionable position with Hemraj.
Shehla Masood July 2007
On August 16, 2011, Bhopal-based RTI activist Shehla Masood (L), 38, was shot dead, apparently at the instigation of interior designer Zahida Parvez, 35, who was jealous of the victim’s relationship with BJP’s Dhruv Narayan Singh.
Ushashree Parida JUNE 2013
Doctor Somnath Parida kept the body parts of his 62-year-old wife Ushashree “under wraps” till the victim’s brother complained to Bhubaneswar police that his brother-in-law was not letting anyone into the house.
Cyanide Mallika 2007
Accused of at least seven deaths. Mallika used to pose as a pious lady, well acquainted with religious rituals. She used to befriend women devotees, belonging to rich families who frequented temples. She would gain their confidence by recommending rituals to overcome bad times. She then would mix cyanide in their food.
Mohan Kumar 2000-2005
Schoolteacher-turned-serial killer Mohan Kumar alias Bhaskar is a cold-blooded killer from the coastal district of Mangalore in Karnataka. Caught, he confessed to killing 19 women, who he had lured for sex with promises of marriage, and were fed cyanide in public toilets.
Soumya was found wounded on the railway tracks in Kerala on February 1, 2011. She died a few days later. Police said she was killed by an one-handed beggar Govindachammy, who tried to rob her but the victim put up resistance.