Woman attacked with sword

Escapes with injuries on hands, angry son-in-law lands in Tihar

A 50-year-old woman was attacked with a sword by her son-in-law in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar late on Friday. Veena Nayyar sustained deep wounds on her hands, police said.

The accused, Pankaj Kathuria, tried to flee but was overpowered by locals near Moti Nagar Metro station. Veena claims she was attacked over her daughter Meenakshi’s deteriorating married life with Pankaj.

“A heated argument led to Veena being attacked with a sword. She has undergone treatment at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Pushpender Kumar.

Veena’s injuries are not life-threatening. Pankaj was thrashed before police arrived at the scene to rescue him.

Veena’s husband Ashok told Deccan Herald that Meenakshi married Uttam Nagar-resident Pankaj a couple of years ago. Pankaj is employed with a private firm.

Police said the couple faced adjustment issues and was embroiled in matrimonial disputes right from the start. Ashok alleged that Pankaj would often get physically abusive.

The couple was on a visit to Meenakshi’s parents’ house in Moti Nagar on Friday. The problem began when it was time to leave from there at night.

“Veena wanted Meenakshi to stay back for the night, but Pankaj was not willing to leave her behind. That led to a quarrel between Pankaj and Veena,” Ashok added.

The matter was briefly sorted out as Pankaj and Meenakshi left for their Uttam Nagar house. However, the issue again cropped up between the couple when they reached home.

It soon snowballed into a heated argument and an enraged Pankaj allegedly left for his in-laws’ house armed with a sword.

Before Veena could comprehend the situation, Pankaj attacked her with the sword. Veena’s cries for help drew the attention of the locals who chased Pankaj and nabbed him near Moti Nagar Metro station.

Pankaj was subsequently thrashed and handed over to the police. He faces a case of attempt to murder under Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.

Pankaj was produced before a court on Saturday and sent to Tihar Jail. Meenakshi has also left the Uttam Nagar house and has decided to file for divorce.  

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