"Send me to jail. Award me capital punishment."
An Indian wife handed a confession letter to Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij, admitting that she killed her police officer husband.
Sunil Kumari detailed how she killed Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Rohtash Singh sometime in 2017 and requested to be hanged for her crime.
She made her way to Vij’s residence in Ambala on December 23, 2019, and handed him the letter.
In the letter, Kumari also claimed that her husband was an alcoholic.
On July 15, 2017, ASI Singh had returned home drunk and allegedly abused his wife, however, he then fell down.
He was about to vomit when Kumari choked him with a piece of cloth. ASI Singh was later rushed to hospital but doctors declared him dead.
At the time, a post-mortem report stated that the officer had choked on his own vomit and that his death was “natural.”
The letter stated that Kumari did not speak about the incident but her confession was the result of her not wanting to live with the guilt any longer.
She told the Home Minister: “I tried to make this confession before the police as well as before my children and even met an advocate.
“But they all told me that it was not my fault but God’s will. Please help me, I pray to you with hands folded. Send me to jail. Award me capital punishment.”
Vij revealed that the Indian wife had asked to be hanged for her crime.
Kumari explained that she would get into frequent arguments with the victim:
“On the fateful day, I tied him with a dupatta and he died after some time.
“I was shocked. I had not meant to kill him.”
“I didn’t reveal anything to the police or the doctors. The post-mortem report said he had choked on vomit and the matter ended there.
“I am now repentant. I don’t want my husband’s salary or pension.
“Everyone thinks I am insane, but I’m not. I want to be punished for the crime I have committed.”
“The doctors who performed the autopsy and the police who conducted investigations are not at fault. I concealed the truth from them.”
Following Kumari’s confession, Vij handed her over to the police and she was arrested.
Based on the letter, she was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code.
Ambala Superintendent of Police Abhishek Jorwal stated that further investigations are underway.
He added: “We will file a case under Section 304 (causing death by negligence) against Sunil Kumari and probe the matter.”