An Indian woman and her parents have been arrested on Friday, June 25, for allegedly conspiring in the killing and beheading of the former’s abusive husband in the Sorada Police Station area of Ganjam district, Odisha, India.

The suspects have been identified as Jhili Naik, 30, her father Kabiraj Naik, 59, and mother Kisori Naik, 58. A frustrated Jhili allegedly murdered her husband Bhagaban Naik on June 18 with the help of her parents as revenge for his recurring brutality, local police confirmed.

A postmortem examination revealed that the husband Bhagaban died after getting stabbed in the stomach multiple times before being brutally decapitated by the three assailants in their home, Hindustan Times reported.

The incident came to light after the victim's headless corpse was recovered from the Rushikulya River bed near Nuapada village on June 22. Bhagaban's brother, Bidesi Naik, registered an official complaint the following day at the Sorada Police Station after identifying his missing sibling's body.

Jhili and her parents allegedly buried the deceased's head and body in separate places to destroy evidence in the case.

"We faced difficulties in the recovery of the head and the body,” Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Umashankar Singh said.

The wife, who seemingly masterminded the savage revenge killing, reportedly married Bhagaban of Gudidhepa village under Sorada Police limits some nine years ago. Together they share two young children named Sibani Naik, 6, and Babula Naik, 5.

The slain husband reportedly used to violently accuse Jhilli of infidelity and constantly questioned her character, leaving the wife abused and tortured both physically and mentally.

As her husband's recurring abuse grew intolerable, Jhili fled to Puspanagar village with her children and stayed there in a rented house from June 8, about 10 days before the murder. However, Bhagaban followed them to their new home and promptly again started threatening her with abuse and assault, Odisha TV reported.

On June 18 evening, the day of the murder, Bhagaban allegedly assaulted Jhili and choked her, intending to kill her, but the wife survived. After the brutal ordeal, Jhili, along with her parents and children, left Puspanagar village for Suramani. However, on their way to their destination, at around 10 p.m., Bhagaban reportedly approached the group holding a sharp weapon and threatening to kill them.

Fearing danger to the life of her father and children, Jhili reportedly grabbed a kitchen knife and quickly stabbed Bhagaban in his torso. Her father Kabiraj managed to disarm Bhagaban in the tussle. He went on to slice the assailant's head off with the knife Bhagaban himself had brought to threaten them.

Following this, Kabiraj and his wife Kisori allegedly buried the decapitated dead body and the chopped-off head on either side of the river in different areas.

The accused persons have been reportedly forwarded to the court. The police are investigating the incident to identify if any other persons are involved in the murder, Singh said.

Woman Knife
A woman has been accused of brutally killing her daughter-in-law over a property dispute and then proceeding to dismember the victim's body and carry the woman's severed head to a police station in Rayachoti, Andhra Pradesh, India on Thursday, Aug. 11. This is a representational image. PIXABAY

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