Shocking footage has surfaced online showing the moment last Friday that an Indian man was spotted roaming about on the streets carrying the severed head of his wife by the hair. The man reportedly beheaded his wife with an axe on the suspicion that she was involved in an illicit affair with his son-in-law.
The man, identified as 60-year-old Ramu Chavan, a security guard from the city of Pune, southwest India, was spotted carrying the head of his wife, 45-year-old Sonubai, in public after he beheaded her.
Footage filmed by a passerby who noticed the grisly trophy in Chavan’s hand shows the man dressed in a native dhoti carrying the head of his wife in one hand and an axe in the other.
He strolled casually on the streets as if he was carrying only a shopping bag.
Several people on the streets as Chavan wandered leisurely did not notice that he was carrying a human head. A few who noticed glanced in his direction nervously and quickened their pace.
Shocked bystanders alerted police, who rushed to the scene, arrested Chavan, and took him into custody. According to the Indian Zee News, police were investigating the incident, and Chavan was charged with murder under Indian law.
His mental state at the time was uncertain.
The incident has caused shock in the local community and a debate over what caused Chavan to murder his wife by decapitating her. Some attributed his action to cultural and religious beliefs that encourage the practice of “honor killings.”
But others suggested he was probably not of sound mind at the time.
Shocked readers on Zee News expressed outrage at Chavan’s action. Some suggested that he could have been under the influence of drugs.