A 44-year-old man murdered his wife by stabbing her with a kitchen knife at their house in Chinnamettupalayam, Kaladipet, in Tiruvottiyur of north Chennai on Tuesday.
A marital dispute had led to the murder, the police said.
According to the police, Ayurveda practioner Mohammad Raffiq (44), who is a native of Nagore town in Nagapattinam district, is also into witchcraft. Four months ago, Raffiq married R. Noorjahan (31), a native of Thrissur of Kerala, who he had got to know through a common friend, Akbar (34). As Raffiq was addicted to alcohol, the couple used to fight every day with Noorjahan trying to persuade him to stop drinking. He had often threatened to send her back to her native town and marry again, the police said.
Recently, Raffiq told her to go back to Thrissur for some time and asked Akbar to take her there.
On Monday, around 10 p.m., Raffiq had come home drunk and the couple quarrelled. Suddenly, Raffiq went to the kitchen, got a knife and stabbed her on the right side of her chest.
Seeing Noorjahan lying in a pool of blood, Raffiq panicked and rushed her to Apollo Hospitals in Tondiarpet, where doctors declared her ‘brought dead’ around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.
The body was sent to Government Stanley Hospital for post-mortem. A case of murder under section 302 of IPC has been registered by the Tiruvottiyur police.
“Raffiq also had a case of molestation of a woman registered against him in the MKB Nagar police station in 2004,” said S. Prabu, inspector (crime), Tiruvottiyur police.