KOLKATA: A man in Kolkata allegedly killed his wife after she forgot to cook lunch for him. Identified as Tumpa Pal, the 36-year-old wife was a 'social media addict, alleged her husband.
A resident of Alipore Road at Chetla area, Surajit Pal was arrested on Thursday. As per police sources, Surajit has confessed the murder over a suspicion that Tumpa was having an extra-marital affair with someone, given the time she spent on social media.
When Surajit returned home from work on January 24 for lunch he found out that Tumpa was so engrossed with her phone checking out her social networking profile that she had forgotten to prepare food. Following this, he threatened her with a knife but unfazed, she continued to fiddle with her phone. In a fit of rage, Surajit hit on her head with the knife butt several times and strangulated her with a towel.
He even tried to kill himself by slashing his wrist after he realised what he had done. He, however, was unable to do so and later put a bandage on the wound on his wrist and tried to flee the city. But, he was arrested.
The couple has two sons. One of them is out of the town in a marriage while the younger one, a college student, was the first one to discover his mother’s lifeless body after returning from college.
Neighbours confirmed that the couple fought bitterly owing to her addiction to Facebook and WhatsApp. Surajit often said that he suspected she was involved with some other man. Some also said that it could be a smokescreen as Tumpa had found out some time ago, that Surajit was having an affair with his unmarried sister-in-law.
On Wednesday, Surajit was produced at a lower court, which sent him to police custody.
(With DNA inputs)