An elderly man chopped his wife’s head with a sword on Thursday morning, leaving his village aghast.
Mohamed Hanif Kulmi of Halesidenur village, near here, violently ended his 55-year-old wife Zahira’s life in the early hours when she was asleep. Carrying her head in his hand, he walked 3 km to the Byadagi police station.
According to sources, Kulmi lived separately from his wife. The couple have four children. He told the police that he murdered Jahirabi because she had stopped caring for him, and was not serving him food properly. As Kulmi paraded her head through the streets, villagers gaped at him and women slammed their doors shut.
Some policemen in this north Karnataka town tried to capture him, but he dodged them, saying he would hand over the chopped head at the Byadagi police station.
When the Superintendent of Police, N Shashikumar, visited the village, villagers urged him not to send Kulmi back after his punishment, as they didn’t want someone like him among them.
Circle Inspector Halmurthyrao told reporters that Mohamed Hanif Kulmi had confessed to the crime.