Bhagyaraj (25) of Virudhunagar, employed in a mill at Odderpalayam near Ondipudur on Monday surrendered before the Village Administrative Officer confessing that he had killed his wife over a wordy duel. According to police, during Deepavali time, Murugeswari (22) was found hanging at her house in Odderpalayam. Her husband Bhagyaraj said that it was a suicide.

According to the accused, his wife committed suicide following refusal of permission to visit her parents for Deepavali. However, the police who found the post-mortem report indicating strangulation, questioned the husband. This led to Bhagyaraj surrendering before the VAO. It is learnt that persistent demand by the woman to visit her parents and present gifts to her brother for Deepavali resulted in the accused murdering her and making it look like a suicide.