In a shocking case from Karnataka's Kolar district, a man brutally hacked his wife to death with a machete. The reason: She didn't bear him a son.
Vijay Kumar, a daily wage labourer from Doddakadaturu in Malur taluk, hacked his wife Manjula to death on Friday after the couple got into an argument. The couple was married for 11 years; while Vijay Kumar wanted a son, the couple had three daughters, and Vijay blamed Manjula for the same.
“Vijay Kumar became unhappy when his wife bore their first girl child. He steadily became desperate for a son and would pick fights with Manjula for not bearing one. Based on the neighbours’ statements, it has been revealed that lately, the couple constantly fought about this very issue,” Kolar Superintendent of Police Divya Gopinath said.
“Manjula’s neighbours said that Vijay Kumar became very angry, and in a fit of rage snatched the machete in their house and began hacking Manjula. The neighbours heard her screams and rushed to see what had happened,” the SP said.
SP Divya said that Vijay Kumar’s mother and neighbours tried to intervene, but he kept hacking her. Finally, after much persuasion, his mother and the neighbours got Vijay Kumar to stop and rushed Manjula to a local hospital, where she was declared brought dead.
The neighbours then informed the Malur Police, who filed a case of murder was filed against Vijay Kumar. He was immediately arrested by the police.
“She had numerous wounds on her head and all over her body. Her body has been sent for an autopsy and it remains to be ascertained as to how many times he hacked her. Upon questioning, Vijay Kumar revealed that he killed his wife because she did not bear male children,” the SP added.
Upon investigation, the Malur Police found that Vijay Kumar had assaulted on Manjula multiple times over the years for the same reason.
“He used to beat her when they fought about not having a son. Last year, he was seen walking around the village with a machete and scaring people away. Villagers had also heard him threatening to kill his wife multiple times. The family then took him to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bengaluru, where he was undergoing treatment,” the SP added.