New Delhi: A man accidentally shot dead his 32-year-old wife in central Delhi on Wednesday after she asked him to prove he knew how to use a rifle, police said.
"The incident was reported at 10.30 am and the victim has been identified as Sunita Mishra. We have arrested her husband Pappu," said a senior police officer.
According to the police, the incident occurred when Pappu, a driver by profession who married Sunita in 1998, was fiddling with a licensed .32 rifle that belonged to his brother-in-law.
"Pappu's brother-in-law Ashok Pandey, who is a Railways employee, was visiting the couple and had brought along his licensed rifle. Pappu was fiddling with it when his wife challenged him to use it. He got angry, kept it to her forehead and accidentally pressed the trigger," the police officer said.
Police said that initially Pappu claimed that she was cleaning the rifle when it fired accidentally.
"When we reached the spot, Sunita was lying in a pool of blood and Pappu first claimed that she was cleaning it when she accidentally shot herself," said the officer.
The couple has two children, a boy and a girl, who were both present in the house when the incident occurred.