GURUGRAM: A husband in India strangled his wife to death over her excessive addiction to Facebook and WhatsApp last Thursday in India, Times of India reported.
Hariom was arrested on Friday, explaining the police that he was sick and tired of his wife, Luxmi who would spend hours with her mobile phones, chatting with people on Facebook and WhatsApp.
The 35-year-old man said that he was upset since she kept ignoring him, their children and her duties as a mother and wife.
On Friday morning, Luxmi’s father Balwant Singh visited her house where he discovered her body lying on a bed with Hariom sitting near the body.
Police received a call from Singh who got Hariom arrested as he was produced in a city court that sent him to two-day police remand on Friday.
“We got married in 2006 and had two children. All was fine for the first few years and then I got her a Smartphone. In the past two years, the phone gradually changed her, and she started ignoring me and the children. It seemed that the children and I had ceased to exist for her. She would not cook meals or do any household chore; she would not take the kids to school or help them do homework. She spent days and nights on Facebook and WhatsApp,” he claimed.
“I initially ignored all, thinking she would soon get bored with all these but things only got worse. We were fighting every day and the children were also under stress,” he added.
Hariom claimed that it was Luxmi’s addiction to the phone that led disturbance in their lives. Her behavior pushed Hariom to the limits that he was forced to send his eight-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son to a boarding school in Kurukshetra.
But, Luxmi remained unaffected even by the kids’ absence and started spending more time on her phone instead.
“She would never let me see her social media accounts. I suspected she was having an affair online. We again had a big fight on Thursday night and when we went to sleep, I knew I could not take it anymore,” Hariom told police.
He was produced in court that remanded him in judicial custody. “The accused claims that his wife was ignoring him and spending too much time on Facebook and WhatsApp, and thus he killed her,” said sub-inspector Dinkar Yadav, the investigating officer in the case.
This article originally appeared on Times of India.