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Iqbal Mohammad Sheikh, a Mumbai resident, was arrested for allegedly murdering his Hindu wife in Tilak Nagar area for refusing to wear a burqa and follow Islamic practices. Sheikh was taken into custody shortly after the incident, based on the information given by the victim's family.

The victim, Rupali, and the accused, Iqbal Mohammad Sheikh, had been married for three years. Since their wedding, Rupadi faced relentless pressure from Sheikh's family to follow Islamic tradition and wear a burqa, a demand she was not willing to fulfil.

Eventually, the 22-year-old decided to live separately due to domestic scuffles over Islamic practices. The murder is said to have happened on the evening of Monday, September 26, when Sheikh met his



wife.

On Monday, Rupali met Iqbal Sheikh and demanded a divorce but he was unwilling to accept as they have a child together. The man then asked for the custody of their son, which the woman opposed. When she refused to give in to the demands, Iqbal Sheikh slit her throat with a knife and fled the spot.

“At around 10 pm on September 26, a man identified as Iqbal Mohammad Sheikh killed his wife by slitting her throat and injuring her hands with a knife. As per the complainant, the accused and his family members used to pressurise her to follow Islamic traditions and wear clothes that Muslim women wear. However, a family dispute started after the woman refused to do so,” said Vilas Rathod, Inspector of Tilak Nagar Police Station.
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