A photographer-turned perfumer, Monika Ghurde was found dead in a rented flat at Goa's Sangolda with her hands tied to the back of the bed and her body naked.
The police said that they were investigating if the 39-year-old was sexually assaulted.
Writing for the Times of India, Murari Shetye reported:
Goa DIG Vimal Gupta said that the maid came to Ghurde's house at 9 am on Thursday but no one opened the door. She alerted a neighbour and called up Ghurde's brother Anand. He tried ringing her but when his calls went unanswered, he contacted Monika's estranged husband, Bharath Ramamrutham, a well-known photographer. Ramamrutham and Ghurde's neighbour, an American woman who had a set of duplicate keys, opened the flat at 11.30 am and found the body.
The report also quotes police sources saying that she may have been smothered with a pillow as there were no stab injuries on the body.
The Indian Express reported that investigators suspected that someone known to the victim had arrived at the house as there was no sign of forcible entry.
The report also adds that the incident might have taken place on Wednesday or in the wee hours of Thursday.
The exact cause and time of death will be ascertained after the postmortem, which will take place on Saturday.
Monika ran a perfume-making company titled Mo Lab, and had reportedly collaborated with eminent designers.