"The suspicious marks around her throat were causing doubts"
Indian husband Inam Bastiwala, aged 29, was arrested for strangling his wife to death at their home in Kandivali, Mumbai, over a suspected extramarital affair.
The 22-year-old woman’s body was found by her family on the morning of Sunday, June 23, 2019. The police were called and they arrived at the house where the victim was identified as Fahim Khan.
Initially, the police ruled the death as suicide, but Fahim’s family asked the police to look into whether the woman was murdered.
Her family noticed several marks around her neck and accused Bastiwala of murdering her.
It was reported that Bastiwala worked as a social worker. The couple had a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. Fahim was the second wife of the suspect and they were married in 2013.
The victim’s cousin Shahid Khan said: “The suspicious marks around her throat were causing doubts due to which I called the police. Fahim was not sick nor she had any kind of illness.
“How come she suddenly died this way?
“When she died, instead of informing her parents, her husband Inam Bastiwala was in a hurry to get a death certificate.”
The victim’s sister alleged that Bastiwala used to beat his wife on a regular basis and would refuse to give her anything to eat.
She said that Fahim used to go to their mother’s house on a daily basis to get food parcels.
Other members of the victim’s family claimed the suspect used to harass his wife for money.
Police officers registered the case and the victim’s body was sent to Bhagwati General Hospital in Borivali, Mumbai, where an autopsy took place.
The autopsy confirmed that she had been murdered and that the marks indicated that she had been strangled to death.
Bastiwala was arrested and taken into custody where he was questioned about the murder throughout the day.
The Indian husband eventually confessed to the murder. He told police that he suspected that his wife was cheating on him which led to Bastiwala committing the murder.
Bastiwala was booked under the sections of murder of the Indian Penal Code.
There have been a number of incidents in India where a husband resorted to killing his wife after suspecting she was having an affair.
That is despite whether the suspicions were true or not. If the woman if having an affair, it may down to the fact that adultery is no longer a crime in India.
However, the prospect of a spouse having an affair has led to some people taking extreme action.