"the accused took a flower pot and smashed Swati's head"
An Indian woman was arrested for allegedly killing her daughter-in-law with a flower pot.
The woman was struck while she was asleep at the house in Vasai, in Mumbai’s western suburbs, on December 15, 2019.
After committing the murder, the 48-year-old suspect went to the police station and confessed to the crime.
The victim was identified as Swati Mane while the accused was named as Anandi Mane.
Swati, who lived in the United States, had been visiting her in-laws with her husband and had been in India since December 1, 2019.
After her confession, Anandi fell ill and was rushed to the hospital. It was revealed that she consumed sleeping pills before going to the police station.
According to police, Anandi believed she was being ignored in the house. She also blamed her daughter-in-law for taking her son and grandchildren away from her.
Palghar Police spokesperson Hemant Katkar said:
“The victim’s husband worked in the US. His family members, including the accused, who visited him in the US, had returned to Vasai along with him around a fortnight back.”
During the investigation, police spoke to locals who explained that Anandi did not like the nursing job that Swati did.
She had constantly pressured her into changing her career but Swati refused. As a result, they would regularly argue.
Swati got married to Anandi’s son Rohan in 2014. She ended up getting a job in Houston, Texas, leading to the couple moving there.
On the day of the incident, Anandi entered her daughter-in-law’s room once her husband went out and hit her over the head with a flower pot, instantly killing her.
Manickpur Police Station Senior Inspector Rajendra Kamble said:
“The two women would frequently quarrel over domestic issues.
“On Sunday, when Swati’s husband stepped out for a morning walk, the accused took a flower pot and smashed Swati’s head when she was asleep. The victim died on the spot.”
After killing Swati, the Indian woman realised what she had done and decided to confess to the police.
Before going to the station, Anandi consumed a large number of sleeping pills.
SI Kamble added: “After committing the crime, the accused walked into Manickpur police station and informed the staff that she had killed her daughter-in-law.
“A police team then rushed to her house and found the victim dead. Her body was sent for post-mortem.”
Meanwhile, Anandi was arrested. However, she then told police that she felt unwell.
Mr Katkar said: “She was immediately taken to a local hospital and was later transferred to J J Hospital in Mumbai.”
Police said that the victim was educated having completed a nursing degree as well as an MBA.
Prior to her death, Swati’s husband was set to return to the USA for work.
After the post-mortem, which confirmed a single fatal blow to the head, Swati’s body was handed over to her family.