Man surrenders after killing wife

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A 28-year-old man allegedly strangled his 18-year-old wife to death early Saturday morning in Mulund (West) over suspicions that she had an affair and surrendered at Mulund police station hours later, police said.

Police said Dnyaneshwar Sarode killed Shilpa, his wife of nine months, between 12 am and 12.30 am at their home in Mulebai Chawl in Mulund West's Gaushala Road. At 5.30 am he arrived at the police station to allegedly confess his crime.

His parents, who were sleeping in the same house at the time of the murder, were unaware of the crime until he returned with policemen at 7 am.

Before retiring that night, Dnyaneshwar had made a partition in the 10x10 room with a curtain.

His mother, Rukmani, was sleeping on the other side of the partition and father, Tukaram, upstairs, which is reached by a ladder, police said.

"Normally, when a man commits such a crime, he runs away. But Dnyaneshwar said he reported his action because he felt guilty. He had wrapped a cloth around Shilpa's neck and strangled her. He has been charged under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and remanded in police custody until November 5," said inspector Mahesh Mugutrao of Mulund police station.

A postmortem conducted at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar confirmed Shilpa died due to strangulation.

Dnyaneshwar, a lab assistant at Kamdar Hospital in Mulund, married Shilpa on April 8 this year. His older brother Janardhan is married to Shilpa's elder sister.

Dnyaneshwar allegedly told police that he would frequently cast aspersions on her character and accused her of seeing another man. They would frequently fight over this issue. However, his father denied it.

"I live under the same roof as them. I would have known if my son and my daughter-in-law had some kind of marital problem. They went to sleep as usual last night and did not fight," said Tukaram Sarode (70).

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