Husband is given a double life sentence by Indian court for killing his wife, 25, with a COBRA as she slept
An Indian man who used a cobra and a viper to murder his wife in order to take control of her family's wealth has been given a double life sentence in the 'rarest of rare cases'.
Sooraj Kumar set loose a highly venomous Russell's viper snake on his wife Uthra, 25, that left her in hospital for almost two months, prosecutors said.
While she recovered at her parents' house, the 28-year-old husband obtained a cobra from a snake handler and threw it at his slee wife.
Its poisonous bite killed Uthra and Sooraj was arrested last year.
It is believed to be the first time someone has been convicted of murder by using a snake as a won in India.
He pleaded not guilty but police said his phone records showed he was in touch with snake handlers and had watched snake videos on the internet before the killing in March last year in Kollam in the southern state of Ker.
Sooraj stayed in the room with Uthra after the cobra bit her and went about his morning routine the next day when alerted by the woman's mother, said prosecutors.
'The mode of execution and the diabolic plan of the accused to murder Uthra, his wife who was bedridden, makes it (the case) fall into the category of rarest of rare,' said the public prosecutor, who had sought the death penalty.
Snake handler Vava Suresh said it was possible that Sooraj had 'inflicted pain on the reptile to provoke it to bite', the Hindustan Times newspaper qued him as saying.
Uthra was from an affluent family but her husband, a bank worker, was not well off.
The dead woman's parents became suspicious after Sooraj tried to take control of her property after the death.
Their marriage involved a big dowry including a new car and 500,000 rupees (£5,000).
According to media reports, Sooraj's family was charged with conspiracy after some of Uthra's gold was found buried near Sooraj's home days after the murder.
bittertwisted1, Alnwick, United Kingdom
Evil man. He should get the same treatment he gave to his poor wife.
Blue Jay 2021, Up the Creek, United States
I am shocked by the level of e l I see. To the innocent victim killed, may you rest in peace, and to her family, may you get justice for your daughter.
NannoH, Ponte Vedra, United States
What kind of an e l mind would even conceive of such a thing??
DayN, Somewhere, United States
This man is e l incarnate. He should be tortured and then left in a room filled with cobras...
Lars17, Within, United States
The world would be a better place if it were eye for an eye.
Kernowforever, Saltash, United Kingdom
He might have got away with one attack - but the second one was even more disgusting. Lucky they didn't sentence him to hang.
PaulRich74, Dubai, UAE
The Russells Viper bite is normally the one that would finish you, she'd have been in excrutiating pain in hospital even before the cobra. An awful way to go.
Georgie , Chicago, United States
Why wasn't he in jail after the first snake attack?!?!? India! You fail your women so hard. Shame!
Inne11, New Jersey, United States
Evil man! Unfortunately, women and girls are still treated as second class citizens in India.
Evil swine! He should NEVER get out - but this is India!
exasperated2019, Backofbeyond, United Kingdom
Life doesn't seem to be worth very much sometimes.
TT Romano , New York, United States
What the hell is happening out there? DM has stories of torturing kids in dog crates and killing people with Cobras. Sad scary times we are living in...
HDCami13, Toledo, United States
Words fail me. What a horrid e l man. May karma be his worst enemy.
Deltron75, Sheffield, United Kingdom
He probably got greedy and fancied getting married again so he could get his hands on another dowry.
Saskatchewan, Regina, Canada
if only India would get rid of the dowry sy em...it would be a start to giving women respect and a more decent status...
Tuppyfoofoo, Land Of Make Believe, United Kingdom
I would give him a sentence to a cell with a cobra in it
DodieK BIDEN SUCKS, Norwich, United States
JUSTICE HAS PREVAILED.
millennial_avocado_toast, Indiana, United States
India is a wild place when it comes to domestic relationships.
Fla2Hawaii, Kamuela Hi, United States
What ever happened to good old divorce?
Clipper1966, Bismarck, United States
Throw him in a 4 X 4 jail with two Cobras and a Python.
Think and Ink, All over, United States
its that state - Ker, one of the most horrible one to live.