Daughter-in-law held for murder of 60-year-old woman in Malviya Nagar

A 25-year-old woman was arrested on the charge of bludgeoning her mother-in-law to death after a heated argument. Police said Madhu (60) was found murdered at her residence in Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar, South Delhi, last Thursday. Her daughter-in-law Rachna was found locked in the bathroom of the house.

Initially, Rachna had allegedly tried to mislead police by telling them that two men had barged into their house, locked her in the bathroom and then murdered her mother-in-law.

Police said the minor injuries on Rachna were self-inflicted. "She even even locked the door of her neighbour's house to prevent them from to Madhu's help. She then ransacked the house and hid the jewellery in her room to make it look like a robbery," a police officer said.

Police said Rachna was fed up with Madhu's behaviour, who she claimed used to argue with her over petty issues on a daily basis.

"Rachna in her statement told us that a man from Chirag Dilli had come to their house with a card announcing the birth of his son. Rachna claimed that Madhu knew this man and that Madhu asked him to deposit her jewellery in a locker at the bank. Rachna claimed that the man had covered his face with a handkerchief. Rachna said he pulled out a knife from his bag and attacked her. When Madhu intervened, he attacked her with a hammer and fled. Rachna claimed that she immediately locked herself in a room and informed her husband, brother and mother," the officer said.

"The doctors told us that the Rachna's injuries were self-inflicted and were simple in nature," Additional DCP (South) P S Kushwah said.

During investigations, police found all the jewellery in Rachna's room. "During questioning, Rachna told us that on the day of the incident, there was a heated argument between the two women and Madhu had slapped her twice and thrown a slipper at her. Angered, Rachna hit her with a hammer on the head. Later, she ransacked the house to make it look like a robbery and inflicted injuries on her self," Kushwah said.

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