Wife of Indian Politician Dead After Bizarre Twitter Feud
She had accused journalist of stalking her husband
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2014 5:10 PM CST
This 2010 photo shows Sunanda Pushkar, left, and Shashi Tharoor at their wedding reception in New Delhi.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – A strange political scandal in India took a far more serious turn when the politician's wife at the center of it was found dead in her hotel room yesterday, reports Reuters. The cause of Sunanda Pushkar's death is unclear, and it comes just days after the 52-year-old was involved in a high-profile fight over Twitter with a journalist she suggested was after her husband, government minister Shashi Tharoor. "There were certain injury marks on the body, but we can't divulge details at this point," says one doctor quoted by the Times of India. (The story also floats the possibility of a drug overdose and notes reports of an argument between the couple.)

The scandal took off Wednesday, when, according to Pushkar, she got into her husband's Twitter account and posted private messages apparently sent to him by journalist Mehr Tarar. She called Tarar a stalker. "I have nothing to say to a woman clearly out of her mind," Tarar tweeted in response. On Thursday, Pushkar and her husband issued a statement declaring that they were "happily married," reports the BBC.

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Jan 19, 2014 11:17 AM CST
OMG @Newser Where's the deets? #nopuns
Jan 19, 2014 7:43 AM CST
Religion, Greed and Politics kill more people than car accidents, heart disease and cancer combined. If we could get rid of at least 2 of them the world would be much better off !!!!!
Jan 18, 2014 7:02 PM CST
This is an OUTRAGE on what's happening to the Indian society! The Indian-Americans or the Indian immigrants that I know are caring, hard working, educated, self-disciplined and with strong family values! Many that I know (both men and women) are doctors, college professors, scientists, and scholars. But seeing what's happening to India especially as of late and how these low-life gang thugs are terrorizing to streets of Mumbai ( previously known as Bombay), New Delhi, and Kolkata are examples on how the criminals of the streets are ruining it for everybody that wants to break away from these types of people!