A man allegedly shot his transgender wife to death in front of her young daughter.

The murder took place on Friday, Aug. 13. in Gohar Ali Khan locality of the Afzalgar area in the Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh, India.

The suspect Mohammad Shadab is facing murder charges after the 7-year-old child, who is the sole witness to the crime, testified against her 'father'.

According to the local media, Shadab, in his mid 20’s, 'married' the transgender, Jyoti, four years ago and even accepted the girl child, she had adopted.

Their relationship reportedly soured over the years. The couple often engaged in altercations over money.

A Times of India report stated that Shadab was already married and had allegedly tied the knot with Jyoti for her money.

On Friday, one such heated argument escalated into a fatal incident. The couple was having an argument over a transaction of Rs 15 lakh ( $ 20222 approx.) when Shadab allegedly picked up a countrymade firearm and fired two shots at his wife. She died on the spot.

Jyoti’s body was retrieved from the crime scene and sent to a medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. An investigation was launched and the victim’s family and neighbors were questioned.

During the inquiry, the victim’s daughter told police that Shadab had come to their house on Friday and had sent the maid to the market before going into a room with her "mother", where they had a fight, police said.

"Suddenly Saddu (Shadab) shot my mother twice and fled," the child told the investigators.

The police have issued a manhunt to nab the suspect who is believed to be absconding. The police are also investigating the source from where the suspect had purchased the firearm.

Dharamveer Singh, Bijnor superintendent of police, said, "We have formed two teams to apprehend Shadab. A case has been registered against him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)."

No updates were available about the child's current custodian.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further details were available at the time of this writing.

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