KOCHI: A 39-year-old woman was hacked to death by her brother-in-law in front of her husband and children at their residence in Aluva on Tuesday.
The deceased has been identified as Radhika alias Rukiya, wife of M A Ravi.
The police have arrested Radhika’s brother-in-law Madhu, 36, in connection with the incident.
According to the police, Madhu came to Radhika’s house around 11.30 am on Tuesday and hacked her with a machete without any provocation. “The victim was cutting vegetables in the sit-out when the incident occurred. Her children were playing in the courtyard, while her husband was inside the house. Though the victim was rushed to a private hospital, she was declared brought dead,” said Aluva CI B Vijayan. Later, neighbours prevented Madhu from leaving the house and handed him over to the police, who recorded his arrest. The children of the deceased have not yet come out of the trauma. Madhu, who is residing nearby, was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
“Madhu could not accept Radhika as her marriage with Ravi was inter-religious, and frequently quarrelled with the family. The motive behind the murder could be ascertained only after a detailed investigation,” said the police official.
Woman’s burnt body found in pit
KOZHIKODE: Mystery shrouds the death of a 39-year-old married woman at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district where local residents found her burnt body lying in a waste pit on Wednesday morning. Police said that they were informed about the incident when a resident rang up the police station around 6 am. The deceased was identified as Shailaja, wife of Rajan, of Cherpullassery. The woman was staying along with her husband and three children at a quarters near Karuvangallil.