A 28-year-old man his allegedly killed his wife for being busy on her mobile phone. The man killed her in west Bengaluru last week for not paying attention to him.
According to Times of India, Kamakshipalya police arrested Kailash Chandra on Monday for murder of his wife. Kailash, who actually belongs to Odisha, was working at a mosquito net manufacturing facility. He had married 25-year-old Malathi Sahu four years ago and the couple have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The report says he was not happy with wife’s alleged mobile phone addiction and suspected her of having an extra-marital affair.
Kailash had reportedly saved some money to give to his father but found out that Malathi had used it without informing him on June 19. He asked her several times about the money but Malathi did not respond since she was busy conversing on her mobile phone. He then became furious, assaulted Malathi and used a pillow to make her suffocate and succumb to death. The incident occurred when their daughter was in a relative’s house in Odisha.
After killing his wife, Kailash locked the house and fled from the scene. The incident came to light after neighbors noticed foul smell coming from the house and informed police about the same. Kamakshipalya Police had to break open the door to find Malathi’s body and formed a team to nab Kailash. Kailash was arrested by the police at Yeshwantpur railway station while he was about to board a train to Odisha.
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While Kailash has been sent to custody, it raises several questions around tech addiction and its effect including short attention span. In the past few month, major tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook have announced new tools that will help their users tackle addiction and limit time spent using devices or services. While these tools may prove useful, it will be up to individual users to impose limits on how they use these devices.