My father called me in an agitated mood one evening. He had been reading the evening newspaper. A man had been found murdered in his house. The house was in Madavaram, in Chennai, which happens to be my area also.
The reason for my father’s agitation was that the murder had taken place in my locality, during the day when the man was alone at home. I was also often alone at home during the day.
He gave me a long lecture about employing a security for my house. My father was insistent that I employ an old man from our village to work in our house as a gardener, utility man and a security person, and to be around the house all day especially when my kids and husband were away at their work place and school. The maid who came home everyday to help me with the cooking and cleaning left by 2 PM.
I promised him that I would think about it.
When my husband came home, I told him about my father’s call. He was also worried about a man being murdered in our locality and we discussed about finding some one to work in our house so that I was never alone and lonely at home.
My husband also me gave a long lecture about how careless I was about locking up and being safe.
“You should learn how to be safe…You have to know how to protect yourself.”
I do not buy an evening newspaper. I waited for the morning paper to be delivered the next day to know the details of the crime. I hurriedly skimmed through the morning paper to see if there was any news about the murder in my locality.
The mystery had been solved and the murderer apprehended. I laughed to myself remembering all the advice my dad had given me.
I gave the news paper in to my husband’s hands and started to tease him.
“How many watchmen do you want for yourself?”
“You really should learn how to be safe…You have to know how to protect yourself.”
My husband read the news and did not know how to react.
Yes, indeed a man had been murdered in broad daylight in our area, when he was alone.
The murderer was not any intruder.
It was his very own WIFE!!
Story By M. Written by Gulsum Basheer @ talkalittledo
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