Incident Reports

Woman murders her husband to repay loan


Madhes, Saptari, Kanchanrup, Ward 2

A police investigation revealed that a woman murdered her own husband to repay loans in Kachanrup Municipality of Saptari district. According to the police, Koshila Devi, a resident of Kanchanrup-3, murdered her husband, Shiva Shankar Das, with the assistance of two other women. During an investigation, Koshila told the police that she had electrocuted her 37-year-old husband on October 23, 2022, in their own residence, Deputy Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar Raya said.

The couple, who had borrowed a loan for their daughter’s marriage and insurance from their neighbour Shanti Devi Das, were regularly threatened and pressurized to repay the loan by the lender. After the couple were unable to return the sum, Shanti Devi lured Koshila into carrying out the heinous crime by telling her that Shiva Shanker’s death would fetch her a huge sum of insurance money.

On October 22, Shiva Shankar returned home intoxicated after consuming alcohol at Shanti Devi’s home and fell asleep in the kitchen. Koshila Devi then wrapped an electric wire around the ring finger of the victim’s left hand and electrocuted him. Koshila Devi was assisted by her sister-in-law Hiran Devi Das, Raya informed. The accused then informed the police that her husband had died due to accidental electrocution, following which the police carried out a six-month-long investigation.

The accused Koshila Devi, Hiran Devi and Shanti Devi were made public by the Area Police Office in Kanchanrup during a press conference on Wednesday. Further investigation into the matter is ongoing, said Saptari Police Chief Narendra Kumar Karki.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Murder/attempted Murder
Weapons Other
Primary Cause Disputes over inheritance, debt, land and other economic disputes
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Family/relative
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Family/relative
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Killed 1
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