Timeline of strange crime in India: Husband uses ‘snake’ as a murder weapon to kill wife

It was learnt by experts that the cobra does not attack if it is not provoked.

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A king cobra.
A king cobra.

A crime in the Indian state of Kerala has been so bizarre that it has changed the police training curriculum in the state.

This is because the Kerala police have taken extensive steps to recreate a crime scene to prove that a 25-year-old woman was murdered by her husband via a snake.

On Monday, a court in Kerala’s Kollam found Sooraj S. Kumar guilty of murdering his wife, Uthra.

Sooraj being arrested by the Kerala police for murdering his wife via a snake.
Sooraj being arrested by the Kerala police for murdering his wife via a snake.

Sooraj had earlier escaped being convicted as he claimed a random snake bit his wife.

However, the police investigation has proven otherwise.

Here is how these events unfolded:

29th of March, 2018

Sooraj and Utha are married.

28th of February, 2020

Utha sees a viper in her husband’s house.

2nd of March, 2020

A viper bites Uthra inside her house, and she is admitted to the hospital.

22nd of April, 2020

Uthra gets better and is discharged from the hospital. She leaves for her parent’s house.

6th of May, 2020

Sooraj visits his wife, Uthra, who is recovering at her house.

7th of May, 2020

Uthra’s mother finds her daughter dead in her bed in the morning.

Uthra’s family claims foul play, and a police complaint is filed.

19th of May, 2020

Uthra’s family approaches the district police chief demanding a proper investigation.

20th of May, 2020

A special police investigation team is formed.

24th of May, 2020

Four people, including Sooraj and the snake catcher, are questioned. Sooraj is later arrested.

14th of August, 2020

The charge sheet against Sooraj is submitted in court.

24th of August, 2020

Sooraj’s parents are arrested on charges of dowry harassment and domestic abuse.

1st of December, 2020

The trial in Uthra’s murder starts.

4th of October, 2021

The trial is completed.

11th of October, 2021

The court finds Sooraj guilty of murdering his wife.

A Bizarre Case

The case is said to be the first case in the Indian state of Kerala, where a live snake was used as a murder weapon. The Kerala police had to use a live cobra on a dummy the exact size of Uthra to prove this.

uthra case snake dummy

It was learned by experts that the cobra does not attack if it is not provoked.

However, when the cobra was provoked and forced the deep bite mark on the dummy, it was consistent with the bite marks on Uthra’s body.


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