A woman in the Indian state of Karnataka who was forced to marry her own uncle murdered her blood-related husband last week with the help of her lover, according to police.
The woman, identified only as Shwetha, 21, was arrested Wednesday after she confessed to the killing that occurred at her home in the Yelahanka suburb of Bangalore, the Times of India reported.
Her 25-year-old lover, Suresh, was also arrested in connection to the incident.
Shwetha was forcibly married off to her mother’s younger brother Chandrashekar in 2019 despite the two having an 18-year age gap.
Prior to the marriage, Shwetha was in a romantic relationship with Suresh, her college senior, Times Now News reported.
They continued their affair even after the marriage, but Shwetha plotted to kill Chandrashekar after she realized that it would be difficult to continue her relationship with Suresh in the presence of her husband.
Shwetha and Suresh attacked Chandrashekar on the terrace of the wedded couple’s home in Yelahanka on Oct. 21 with a knife and an iron rod.
The two assailants reportedly hit the victim on the head and stabbed him to death.
Additionally, Shwetha gave Suresh a knife so he could cut Chandrashekar’s genitals, according to police.
Shwetha feigned ignorance when family members discovered Chandrashekar lying in a pool of blood following the attack.
She attempted to continue the act and initially blamed a relative named Lokesh for the killing.
However, police, who had registered a murder case over the incident, found that Shwetha’s accounts were inconsistent.
Shwetha ended up confessing to Chandrashekar’s murder after police learned of her relationship with Suresh.
Both accused were arrested, and a further investigation into the case is underway.
A similar incident happened in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in June last year when a woman and her lover murdered the former’s husband using knowledge gained from the internet.
The woman initially attempted to pass off the killing as the result of a robbery, but authorities discovered she had searched for methods to kill, ways to tie hands and feet as well as how to dispose of a body on Google.