In a criminal reversal of roles, a wife, said to be much-harassed, set ablaze her husband at Habeeb Fathima Nagar, Borabanda, a few days ago. He succumbed to his burns in Gandhi hospital on Sunday.
Jay Prakash, 35, was allegedly burnt alive by his wife Shanti Jyoti, 28, on February 7. Inspector Borabanda Ram Mohan Rao said that Shanti wife had confessed to the crime. She pleaded that she had reached the end of her tether as far as tolerating torture was concerned. The couple had been married for eight years and have two children.
Jay Prakash was working as a labourer and Shanti as a maid in the neighbouring homes. Jay Prakash developed drinking habit and that almost always ended in acrimony and violence in which children suffered a traumatic experience.
On February 7, when he fell asleep after the usual bout of quarrel and violence, Shanti took a decision to end the episode by doing away with the ‘good for nothing’ husband. She poured kerosene on him and lit a match. His screams brought others in the neighbourhood to the scene and he was shifted to the hospital with severe burns. At the time of his admission the doctors’ strike was on. He died after a few days of battling for his life. Shanti has been arrested for murder. Though not on police record, neighbours had reportedly told the police that Shanti had developed a fancy for another person and that too was a cause of the quarrel.
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