Indian Software Engineer Kills Wife, Hangs Himself – He Had Suspected Her Fidelity

by Gopalan on  March 24, 2008 at 1:52 PM Lifestyle News
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Indian Software Engineer Kills Wife, Hangs Himself – He Had Suspected Her Fidelity
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.''

Source: Medindia

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I see you deleted a few comments that contained criticism of your article. I saw no profanities but pure and logical criticism.

Glad that the comments affected you though deleting them is as bad as hiding facts.

Anyways, the comment by Vanessa has no mention how this is a region (not profession) specific problem. The argument in the comment is digressing from what actually is written in the article which pins down the irrational and tragic act to Delhi in general.

Certainly bad journalism if you count my vote.


I do not think this is bad journalism. Medindia is only reporting the event as it has been described in so many papers etc. Maybe the people protesting are from the company where the person worked. It really doesnt matter wheather he was a software person or an accountant or a doctor. It is possible that people in 'high stress' profession are more likely to suffer from depression. And this can drive them to do crazy things. It is an unfortunate episode however the IT companies and other similar organisations should offer their employees some opportunities for counselling if they feel it is necessary. This may be possible online too. It wil help in overcoming to some extent these kind of episiodes.


You have a disturbed and underdeveloped mind to bias this tragedy against Delhi,needless to say killing someone is wrong.But on this sad and tragic loss of two young lifes ..don't twist your decadent mentality.Just express grief.

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