In a murder-suicide incident, a man in India killed his wife with a knife before hanging himself in their rented house. The couple's 6-month-old daughter was found alive next to her parents' corpse.

The bodies of the victims were found Tuesday in the state of Meghalaya. The police arrived at the house after receiving information about an alleged crime in West Khasi Hills District, and found the body of the 25-year-old man hanging, and the corpse of the 26-year-old woman in a pool of blood.

Preliminary investigation revealed the husband killed his wife with a sharp knife before ending his own life by hanging himself, East Mojo reported. The murder weapon was found at the scene.

The baby was rushed to a hospital for medical examination and was later handed over to the relatives, the Shillong Times reported. The man and his wife have been identified as Bose Kharbani and Rosemery Lyngkhoi.

Eyewitnesses told the police the door of the house had been locked from inside.

“It was also found out through eyewitnesses that the door entrance had also been bolted from inside. All prime exhibits have been seized and will be sent to the forensic lab and in this connection, a case has been registered vide Nongstoin PS Case number 60(09)2021 U/S 302 IPC [Indian Penal Code] and investigation is on,” a senior police officer, named Lyngdoh, was quoted as saying.

The Crime Scene Unit Shillong was working on the case after conducting an examination of the crime scene.

The motive behind the murder-suicide remains unclear. It also remains unclear for how long the family had been living in the rented house.

Last week, a 9-month-old allegedly died of starvation after his mother, his grandmother and two other adult members of the family killed themselves. A girl, aged two, was also inside the house and survived the trauma. The two children were reportedly inside the house with the corpses for three days. “Going by the heavily decomposed state, we suspect they may have killed themselves at least three to four days ago, but are waiting for the postmortem (autopsy) report,” the police said at the time.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.

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