In an appalling incident which shook the Indian community in London earlier this year, an Indian businessman was found hanging after strangling his wife and twin teenage daughters to death.
The 44-year-old, Indian-origin Rethish Pullar kattil Kunjunny murdered his wife Shighi Padmanabhan and his 13-year-old twin daughters Niya and Neha at their family home in Essex, north-east of London, in May.
Two days later, his body was found near a reservoir in east London with a note which said, "My mother in-law cheated me”.
On revealing the police investigation atWaltham stow Coroners Court, it came to light that in the week before the murders Kunjunny attacked his 37-year-old wife Shighi following a dispute about a property in India.
According to the detective Sergeant John Logan, who investigated the deaths, "She (Shighi) had been punched and kicked and she had done the same back in retaliation".
On the day of murders, May 10, a family friend who went to meet Shighi, said that the mother of two had confided in her and told that “marriage was over” and she will be asking for a divorce.
"During that visit Kunjunny said words to the effect of 'if she wants a divorce that is what she can have'. The friend offered her a place to stay but she refused citing work commitments," Logan told the court.
It is believed that he killed his daughters and the wife that very same night and left them in separate bedrooms.
The family had moved to London in the year 2005, and lived in Chadwell Heath area, Kunjanny, was working as a chef, was sending back money to her in-laws to build a house. “He also seems and appears to have had the deeply held the view, the obsessively held view, that he was being cheated by members of his wife's family does not explain or justify what followed…I think it reasonable to conclude Kunjunny had committed a despicable act on his wife and children, and perhaps in part he was overwhelmed by the consequences of that, and he felt he must take his own life" Mr. Wade said.
This horrendous incident reflects upon the increasing lack of communication, deep self-obsession, no proper insight into the collective interests and welfare and lack of trust among couples.