Woman kills husband's second wife

Bhubaneswar, April 13 (IANS) A 40-year-old woman hacked her husband's second wife to death in Odisha over a domestic quarrel, police said Saturday. Incidentally, the deceased was also the sister of the offender.

The gory crime occurred in a slum in state capital Bhubaneswar Friday when the man, whom the sisters shared as a husband, was away.

The matter came to light after the elder woman, a mother of three, rushed to the nearby police station and surrendered, offering the policemen also the knife she used to commit the murder.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) B.C. Mishra said the man, a daily wage labourer, married his wife's sister, then about 35 years old, about four years ago. The two women had been living with the man and the children as a domestic unit.

On Friday, a quarrel between the sisters threw the elder one into such a fit of rage that she slit her sister's throat, Mishra told IANS.

Police have arrested the woman on the basis of her confession, and sent the body of the deceased for autopsy.

In India, polygamy is illegal for Hindus and some other religious groups, under the Hindu Marriage Act. The practice, however, is still rampant in some communities.

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