Indian man kills wife with cobra, after failing earlier with viper, so he can marry another woman

The woman’s family had paid N9 million as dowry to this man’s, given him a car and 100 gold coins, yet he wanted to marry another woman barely a couple of years into the marriage.

In India, the woman’s family pays dowry (bride price) to groom’s family as cost of taking care of the bride.

Sooraj, 27, decided to take a gruesome option out of the marriage and ended up in police net.

Police in the southern state of Kerala, India, have arrested a man in Kerala who killed his wife by letting loose a cobra in her room.

The man had attempted to kill her with a viper once before, the police said on Monday.

The police said phone records showed Sooraj had been in contact with serpent handlers and had also watched snake videos on the internet.

Sooraj got hold of a highly venomous Russell’s viper in March which bit his wife Uthra and left her in hospital for almost two months, police official Ashok Kumar said.

Uthra was still recuperating at her parents’ house earlier this month when Sooraj obtained a cobra from a snake handler and threw it at his sleeping wife.

A police statement said: ‘Sooraj stayed in the same room as Uthra as if nothing had happened.

‘He was going about his morning routine the next day when he was alerted by Uthra’s mother’s screams.’

It added: ‘They took her to the hospital where the doctor said she had died.’

Uthra’s parents became suspicious when Sooraj tried to secure ownership of his wife’s property just days after her death.

She was from an affluent family, but Sooraj — who worked in a private bank — was not so well off.

The couple had a one-year-old child.

Police said the marriage had involved a huge dowry comprising nearly 100 gold coins, a new car and some 500,000 rupees (around $20,000) in cash.

“Sooraj feared that divorcing Uthra would mean giving back all the dowry. That’s when he decided to kill her,” the police statement said.

The snake provider was also arrested, it added.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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