Vanasthalipuram man murders wife, claims she died of COVID-19

A man murdered his wife in Vanasthalipuram last month and claimed she had died of COVID-19. He was arrested by the Vanasthalipuram police on Saturday.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  3 July 2021 1:32 PM GMT
Vanasthalipuram man murders wife, claims she died of COVID-19

Hyderabad: A man murdered his wife in Vanasthalipuram last month and claimed she had died of COVID-19. He was arrested by the Vanasthalipuram police on Saturday.

On the morning of 18 June, 21-year-old Ramavath Kavitha was murdered by her husband, Ramavath Vijay, at her home in Vaidehi Nagar, Vanasthalipuram. He smothered her with a pillow while she was asleep. The man suspected his wife of infidelity and killed her.

Vijay told his wife's parents that their daughter had died of COVID-19. Her body was then taken to her village for the last rites and no one was allowed to touch her body for fear of the virus. The victim's parents, however, suspected foul play as none of them had been infected by COVID-19 though they had touched her body.

Six days after the funeral, Kavitha's mother filed a complaint against her son-in-law at the Vanasthalipuram police station on 24 June.

The police exhumed the body and conducted an autopsy. They found that she had tested negative for COVID-19 seven days before her death. The man had falsely claimed that his wife had died of the coronavirus to prevent her relatives from closely examining her body.

Vijay was arrested on Friday and was produced in court.

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