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Woman "kills party guests with poisoned food because they ridiculed her cooking"

Woman "kills party guests with poisoned food because they ridiculed her cooking"

A woman in India is accused of killing five guests at a housewarming party by poisoning them because they kept ridiculing her cooking.

Pradnya Survase, of Khalapur, faces the death penalty after five guests died at the feast in Mahad, in Raigad district, on June 18. Police said Survase intended to kill her husband, her mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, along with her mother-in-law’s sister and her husband after they "regularly insulted" her complexion and cooking.

According to authorities, Survase allegedly mixed snake poison into a container of dal that was then served to guests. Around 120 people were invited to the housewarming and a village cook prepared food which was served from 2.30pm until 11.30pm. But those who ate later in the day began complaining of nausea, vomiting, and stomach ache just a few hours later.
As a result, 88 people were hospitalized and five died. Among the dead are four children, aged between seven and 13, and 53-year-old Gopinath Nakure. Vilash Thikrey, a 13-year-old who survived the poisoning, remembers the dal tasting "bitter".

Woman "kills party guests with poisoned food because they ridiculed her cooking"

Vishwajeet Kaingade, senior police inspector of Khalapur police station, told the Hindustan Times: "Pradnya claims that since her marriage two years ago, she has been insulted regularly for her dark complexion and accused of not being able to cook well."
Kaingade added: "We learnt that those who had eaten between 4:30pm and 6pm were suffering from nausea and other issues. We then found out who had served the food then."
Police questioned those who had served the food and said Survase confessed after being interrogated.
Survase, who is divorced from her first husband, also believes relatives had damaged her second marriage, hence the callous act to get revenge.
Survase has been charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code. The maximum punishment she faces is the death penalty.

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