Gurugram, Apr 17: A man has confessed that he killed his wife because he was upset over her addiction to Facebook and WhatsApp. Hariom said he that he was fed up with his wife who would spend hours on Facebook and WhatsApp and strangled her to death last Thursday. The 35-year-old man was arrested on Friday and produced him in a city court that sent him to two-day police remand.

Hariom married to Luxmi in 2006 and everything was going well for the first few years. Hariom told police that all was fine until he got her a smartphone. He claimed that he was upset that she was ignoring him, their children and her duties as mother and wife due to her addiction to Facebook and WhatsApp. On Thursday, he strangled Luxmi to death while she was sleeping at their Sare Homes flat in Sector 92.

On Friday morning, when Luxmi’s father Balwant Singh visited their house, he found her lying on a bed with Hariom sitting near the body. Singh then called police and got him arrested. “We got married in 2006 and had two children. All was fine for the first few years and then I got her a Smartphone. In the past two years, the phone gradually changed her, and she started ignoring me and the children,” Hariom, as reported by Times of India, told police.

“It seemed that the children and I had ceased to exist for her. She would not cook meals or do any household chore; she would not take the kids to school or help them do homework. She spent days and nights on Facebook and WhatsApp,” he claimed. He also said that the reckless behavior of Luxmi due to smartphone compelled him to send his kids — an eight-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son — to a boarding school in Kurukshetra.

“She would never let me see her social media accounts. I suspected she was having an affair online. We again had a big fight on Thursday night and when we went to sleep, I knew I could not take it anymore,” Hariom was quoted as saying. An FIR was registered against Hariom under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC at Sector 10A police station last week.