Kanpur judge Pratibha Gautam found dead, Husband arrested for murdering 


Kanpur: The husband of a 30-year-old joint magistrate, whose body was found hanging in her house in Kanpur, was arrested on Monday for allegedly murdering her as she refused to undergo an abortion, police said.

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Post-mortem report has revealed that she was tortured before her death. Several injury marks were found on Pratibha Gautam's body. The post-mortem report said that she was beaten with a stick or an rod. Both of her wrists had cut marks made by blade- six on one and eight on the other.

It is being suspected that she was strangulated before being hanged to make it look like a suicide case. Pratibha Gautam was three-months pregnant at the time of her death, the medical report said.

Pratibha Gautam's husband Manu Abhishek was arrested by police and he was being questioned, SSP Shalabh Matahur said. Police also questioned the domestic helps of the family. According to police, Manu Abhishek discovered the body of Pratibha in her official residence in the circuit house colony of Kanpur on Sunday. He body was found hanging in her home.

Pratibha belonged to Urai in UP while Abhishek came from Delhi. They got married earlier this year in January against the wishes of their families. Their wedding was solemnised at an Arya Samaj temple in Delhi, the police said.

Two days before her death, Pratibha had gone to Delhi to meet her husband. Sources said that they had a fight in Delhi after which Pratibha returned to Kanpur on Saturday.

Her mobile phone was reportedly switched off after she returned from Delhi. Abhishek told police that after he could not contact Pratibha over phone, he left for Kanpur by car on Saturday night. Abhishek broke into her home on reaching Kanpur, where he found her hanging, he told the police. But, police were not ready to accept in Abhishek's version of story. The post-mortem report points to murder, SSP Mathur said.

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