Angered by wife's frequent FB updates, husband kills her, hangs self

Pune,Jan 21 (HT): A 34-year-old Pune-based IT professional allegedly committed suicide after strangling his wife to death because he was upset that she shared their personal details on WhatsApp, police said on Thursday.

Bodies of Rakesh Balasaheb Gangurde and Sonali Rakesh Gangurde, 28, residents of Shivsai apartment in Hadapsar, was recovered by the police early on Thursday. The cops have also found a suicide note allegedly written by Rakesh.

According to the suicide note, Rakesh was undergoing fertility treatment as the couple did not have any child. He was angry with his wife because she used to share their medical details with friends and relatives on social media. They were married for about six years. Rakesh had also written about his plan of killing his wife before committing suicide.


The police said that preliminary investigation has revealed that the couple frequently quarrelled over the issue. They suspect they might have fought again on Wednesday, following which Rakesh took the step.

Sonali’s mother, Chhaya Pawar, rang up her daughter from Nashik on Wednesday, but no one answered the call. Chhaya then asked her son Harshal, a resident of Pune, to check on Sonali. When Harshal reached his sister’s house on Wednesday night, he found the doors locked from inside. He then approached Hadapsar police, who broke open the front door. They found Sonali’s body in the hall and Rakesh hanging from a ceiling fan in the bedroom.

Rakesh was working with an IT company, while Sonali was a computer engineer. She had stopped working since the past few months, the police said.


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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Jan 22 2017

    A very sad ending of a young married couple which could have been solved without killing and suicide. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Jan 22 2017

    whether fac ebook or ebook,intimate things are not to be shared in media.One side these digital sharing is one side a blessing and same time curse.some are so sick ,sitting long time and corresponding ,forget the world.This must have made him sick,sharing about their personal wedlife in it.What he did was not correct,to kill her and self hanging.should have counselled ,go toa doctor if serious matter.How sad both are educated ,but at last didnt help.He must have annoyed over the matter she wrote,and in a effect must have killed.may their soul rest in peace.when someone is feel bored,go out for a minute for a fresh air and your mind will be too fresh.Heartfelt sympathys to the familys.

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  • jimmy noronha, Bellore/Lucknow.

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    If the marriage should proceed further smoothly, there must be restraint from both the husband and the wife. Well, the wife has to unwind her bottled up tension and she has the right to do what she had done by revealing her problems with her confidants. The husband has no right to take away his wife's life and what is worse to take his own life. He is stupid. He could have lived happily even without children.

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  • Vicky, Dubai

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Idle mind is Devil's workshop! If wife was a working lady, then her attention would have divided between home & office.

    When a working lady sits at home, she will take social media like facebook as her companion & her free time will be spent checking lifestyle of her friends & her friend's friends..etc which will create a undue stress to meet the social competition, like posing with one's child!!!

    Some people live for public in a negative way, trying to please the world every time! And in that process they will not only harm their dear ones but them self's. In this case, wife wanted to tell the world that she is fine but the problem is with her husband for not having a child!!!

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  • Negila Yogi, udupi

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Working lady sitting at separate home \away from parents home might be the problem. she gets bored alone at home. That is why Indian culture practiced staying with their parents. Now the fashion trends do not like staying with parents, staying alone will leads boring,,,etc etc,,
    "Stay with parents.... most of the problems will be solved..."

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  • alan, mangalore

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    A typical insecure Indian male who was impotent & was jealous of the wifes achievements. All the Indian men are so insecure about the spouses achievements. There was no reason to take such a cowardly drastic step. He should have committed suicide & left her alone. What a crying shame

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    What kind of men mentality are we producing that a woman or a wife or mother is not given the liberty to take her own decision. Doubting all the time. Disgusting men these are. Not worth living on this earth that make women live in fear.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Some people get relief of some of the pain by sharing secrets. However, the intimate secrets between the couples are expected to be between themselves or a doctor and not the whole world. The husband's extreme step is not normal, while he had other avenues, like counselling or divorce.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Some people also anticipate and expect some relief from their so called 'pain' by revealing the secrets publicly!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Stop washing dirty linen in Public ...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Qualified idiots. Husband shouldn't have taken such a drastic step.

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  • Shivram Mendon, Manipal

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Its a very sad ending...

    That lady is computer engineer. What she done is totally unacceptable.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Feeling sad for the couple..

    when will our generation understand that the facebook and twitter are for timepass and not for sharing any personal details, esp family problems?

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 21 2017

    Its a sad end... What this lady done is really unwelcome move. How can she disrespect her own husband and share personal family matters to public? She has done this to insult her husband and as a fit of rage.

    For men, when someone insults about them being impotent (irrespective of this fellow was not in this case), they wont be able to tolerate such insults... She had damaged his reputation in society by going public in sharing such personal information, thus has to pay the price, as he was very much aware that he may never get any other women in life to get marry even after divorce, as the damage was done severe to his reputation.

    But murder is not a solution, he should have fought bravely and with thoughtfulness to the insult caused by his wife. He should have first reported such acts of his wife to both families, and if things didn't get settle down then should have applied for divorce or lodged a complaint to police.

    Indeed anger is the weapon of satan. Avoid it as much as one can, else it can easily ruin once life within a short span of time.

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