Former UN Diplomat Charged With Instigating Wife's Suicide

Sunanda Pushkar died in 2014 after bizarre Twitter feud
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2018 4:09 PM CDT
In this Sept. 4, 2010 file photo, former Indian Junior Foreign Minister Shashi Tharoor listens to his wife Sunanda Pushkar at their wedding reception in New Delhi, India.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a five-star Delhi hotel in 2014 after a bizarre Twitter feud involving a Pakistani journalist who, the Indian woman claimed on the social media site, was having an affair with Pushkar's husband. It was first treated as suicide, but now her husband has been charged in Pushkar's death, the BBC reports. Shashi Tharoor, an Indian member of parliament and former UN diplomat, was charged with cruelty to his spouse and abetment to suicide; under Indian law, that means he allegedly instigated his wife to kill herself.

Her cause of death is still not clear. The first postmortem report suggested a drug overdose was a possibility; she had reportedly been on medication. But subsequent reports have mentioned possible "poisoning," a "deep bite" on her palm, and "mysterious injection marks." In 2015, police said they were treating the case as a murder rather than a suicide, reports the Hindustan Times, which has a detailed timeline of the case. Tharoor and Pushkar wed in 2010, and after the strange series of tweets before her death, they had insisted they were happily married and said the tweets were "unauthorized." Tharoor says he will fight the charges, calling them "preposterous." (Read more India stories.)

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