Uthra murder case: In the murder case of Uthra, a woman in Kerala’s Kollam district who died of snakebite, the Kollam court found the husband guilty and is going to pronounce the quantum of punishment on October 13. They had a one-year-old child together.
After a year, five months and four days, 28-year-old Sooraj, Uthra’s husband has been convicted of killing her through snakebites. He has been charged with Sections under the Indian Penal Code of 302, punishment for murder; 307, attempt to murder; 328, causing hurt by means of poison; and 201, causing disappearance of evidence of the offence.
The 25-year-old Uthra died of snakebite at her husband’s house in Anchal, Kerala on May 7, 2020. Back then, it was alleged that Sooraj bought poisonous snakes with the intent to kill his wife multiple times.
First, he had got a viper on March 2, 2020, while they were staying at her husband’s house in Adoor. After that, she was treated for the snake bite at Thiruvalla from March 2 to April 22.
Again on May 7, 2020, Sooraj brought cobra. The second snakebite killed Uthra while she was asleep in her house in Anchal.
Initially, the death case seemed natural, a snakebite, later the parents of Uthra raised suspicion of the snakebite being deliberate and not a coincidence. This led to a detailed investigation by the police. On May 24, her husband was arrested based on suspicion. Two days later, the post-mortem of the snake, was done and the snake was found to be 152 centimetres long. Uthra’s parents also alleged dowry harassment.
Snake catcher Suresh was also accused along with Sooraj, for providing the snake. He later confessed that he was not aware of the latter’s motives.
On October 11, Sooraj was brought to the Kollam Sixth Additional Session Court from Kollam district jail by 12:10 pm. Heavy security was deployed to avoid any protest in the court compound.
Justice M Manoj pronounced the judgement. Over the span of the arrest and conviction, the prosecution had produced 87 witnesses, 40 other pieces of evidence and 286 documented pieces of evidence. The defence examined three witnesses and produced 24 documents and three compact discs.
During the judgement, Uthra’s father Vijayasenan and brother Vishu were present while her mother Manimegalai stayed back at their home in Anchal, which is 43. 3 kilometers away from Kollam.