Information technology might evoke visions of a knowledge-driven age. But those populating that world still seem to suffer from a feudal mindset.
Witness the case of a 30-year-old Indian software engineer who killed his wife, suspecting her fidelity and went to hang himself.
Amit Budhiraja, employed with the Infosys, a leading IT firm, was found hanging at his residence in the southern Indian city of Bangalore Sunday.
His wife Rinku Sachdev (28) was lying dead on the bed. A suicide note was found at the spot.
He first smothered his wife to death with a pillow and then hanged himself from a ceiling fan.
The incident came to light on Sunday when Rinku's friend Urmila went to their house after her repeated calls to Rinku went unanswered. Rinku and Urmila had planned to go for a movie that day.
Finally the door was broken open, and the police recovered a suicide note left behind by Amit. It stated that unable to endure his wife's extra-marital affair any longer he was bringing an end to their tortured lives.
While Amit Budhiraja was from the Indian capital of New Delhi, Rinku, a marketing executive, was from Mumbai, the commercial metropolis.
New Delhi and Mumbai are worlds apart, culturally, the Indian capital still struggling to catch up with modernity. It is essentially patriarchal and characterized by male chauvinism of a high order. Though Mumbai is not exactly liberated, women there do enjoy a measure of freedom.
The differences evidently told on the marital life of Amit and Rinku.
It appears the couple had frequent fights over the alleged affair. ''Their troubles began after Rinku started coming home late from work,'' said a police officer.
Amit's friends said he was intelligent, but was also nosey. He would use network sniffers to peep into what was happening on others' desktops,'' recalled a friend.
Only in December last, a 35-year-old chartered accountant with a reputed international consultancy firm and based in New Delhi, confessed to strangling his 33-year-old wife to death, stuffing the body into a suitcase and then driving all around with the body in the boot of his luxury car.
Along the way, he took time off to attend a business meeting. He finally dumped the body close to his residence.
Rohit Pagade told police he had killed his wife Archana, a deputy director with the Union commerce ministry after a small fight ''went out of control.''
According to the police, after killing Archana, Rohit lay by the side of body, in the same bed, till the next morning. Only he couldn't sleep as he was very ''restless.''