Taunted Over Dark Skin, Woman Poisons Food at House-warming Party; 5 Killed, 120 Sick
The woman allegedly mixed insecticide in the food prepared for a house-warming party at her relative’s house. The poisoned food killed five people, which included four children aged between 7 and 13 and a 53-year-old man.
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Mumbai: Jyoti Suresh Surwase was often mocked by her relatives for her dark complexion and lack of cooking skills.
Fed up of the constant taunts, the 28-year-old snapped and decided to avenge her humiliation at a family function.
Surwase allegedly mixed insecticide in the food prepared for a house-warming party at her relative’s house in Mahad village of Khalapur district on June 18. The poisoned food killed five people, which included four children aged between 7 and 13 and a 53-year-old man. Media reports said about 120 guests fell sick after consuming the food.
Her intention, the police said, was to kill her husband and in-laws.
The housewife was arrested on Friday evening, following which, she confessed to the crime.
Anil Paraskar, Superintendent of Police in Raigad, said Surwase committed the crime as she was fed up with the constant humiliation from her family, relatives over her complexion and lack of cooking skills.
"Surwase, who got married two years ago, held a grudge and decided to kill everybody in the family by mixing insecticide in the food," police said.
A 13-year-old, who survived the food poisoning, said he remembered the dal tasting "bitter".
Khalapur police had sent food samples for testing at the forensic science laboratory, which established the presence of insecticide.
Surwase has been booked for murder and under other relevant offences of the IPC, the officer said.
(With PTI inputs)
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