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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 8:17 PM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 8:19 PM (IST)

Man murders wife over her social media addiction

Man murders wife over her social media addiction
The suspect, Hariom, who owns a computer service shop, claimed problems began when she got a smartphone a few years ago.Photo source: Thinkstock

Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service
Gurugram, April 16

A 35-year-old man killed his wife over her addiction to social media, sources in the police said on Monday.

The suspect, Hariom, who owns a computer service shop, said that although problems began when she got a smartphone a few years ago, it was late Saturday night that things came to a head.

He was arrested on Sunday evening. Police claimed he confessed to killing his wife out of frustration.

 “I had got married in 2006 and had two children. My wife was a homemaker and ours was a happy family until a few years ago when I got her a smartphone. She soon joined social media and installed Whatsapp and that’s when all hell broke loose. She began spending entire days on it, ignoring us. She wouldn’t cook us meals, ignore housework and even the children. Although I ignored it first thinking the newness would wear off soon, but it only got worse.”

The quarrels began soon after.

“I tried to get her to let me check her accounts but she refused, which made me suspect she was having an affair. We even had our children enrolled in a boarding school in
Kurukshetra to keep them away from away from the strife a year-and-a-half ago,” adding he killed her when she refused to stop.

The woman’s father first reported the murder after he went to her house but instead found her motionless body and her husband sobbing uncontrollably.

Police said were still investigating the motive.
“He cites his wife’s social media addiction as the reason of frustration following which he killed her but we are still questioning him,” said a senior investigating officer.

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