India: Woman constantly criticised for her cooking poisons party guests

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28 June 2018|14 Shawaal 1439|News 24

Their constant criticism of her cooking skills drove the young Indian woman to murder.

Pradnya Survase, a 23-year-old woman living in India’s Raigad district, allegedly mixed snake poison into a container of dahl which she served to guests at a house-warming party.

She’d reportedly been intending to kill her husband, mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law and her mother-in-law’s sister.

According to The Metro, Pradnya told local police she wanted to kill them because they relentlessly mocked her dark complexion and cooking.

“Pradnya claims that since her marriage two years ago, she’s been insulted regularly for her dark complexion and accused of not being able to cook well,” senior police inspector of Khalapur police station, Vishwajeet Kaingade, told the Hindustan Times.

So on 18 Jun, the 23-year-old invited 120 guests to her housewarming in Mahad village, about 75km from Mumbai.

A village cook was hired to serve food from 2:30pm to 11:30pm.Later during the festivities, some of the guests began experiencing nausea and stomach aches and some were vomiting.

The Hindustan Times reports that 88 people were rushed to hospital while four children – aged between seven and 13 – died, along with Gopinath Nakure (53). Two of the fatalities were relatives of Pradnya’s.

Vilash Thikrey, a 13-year-old survivor of the incident, told local media that the dhal tasted “bitter”, The Metro adds.

“We learnt that those who had eaten between 4:30pm and 6pm were suffering from nausea and other issues. We then found out who’d served the food during that time,” senior police inspector Vishwajeet Kaingade said.

Police then questioned those who had served the food but soon after Pradnya confessed, Mail Online writes.

A forensic analysis revealed pesticide was present and traces of poison were found near the house.

Pradnya faces charges of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. If found guilty, she could face the death penalty.