Who writes these headlines?

Today’s article is here largely because of the awesome headline. Seriously. It tells you everything you need to know about this story. Read the original here at the Times of India, Mumbai edition:

“MEN BEHEAD WIVES, WALK WITH HEADS”
(Yes, that’s right folks, that’s plural MEN, WIVES and HEADS!!!!)

“Guwahati: An autorickshaw driver killed his wife and walked the roads of Guwahati’s Hengrabari with her severed head and a blood-stained machete before being arrested.

Ranjit Das was charged with murder and produced in the chief judicial magistrate’s court, which remanded him in judicial custody on Friday. Ranjit’s wife Amiya Daimary Das worked as a staff nurse at the National Rural Health Mission. A week ago she was posted at Barpeta, about 170km from Guwahati. She returned to Guwahati on Sunday. Ranjit suspected her of an illicit affair. He beheaded her with the machete on Thursday. “I have enough evidence of her extramarital affair. She received phone calls from that man,” said Ranjit. He claimed he was going to surrender when he was arrested.

The couple have two sons: Ashim (9) and Bishal (4). Ashim went to live with his grandmother after his school closed for Pujas. Locals fear Ranjit killed Bishal and hid his body.

In a similar incident in Bihar’s Darbhanga on Thursday, Heera Yadav (30) beheaded his wife Rina Devi (25) with a chopper and roamed the streets with the chopper and severed head. He told police his wife abused him and his mother for which he killed her. TNN”

What’s great about this story is that in the Chennai edition, the ToI printed this story as “Man beheads wife, walks with head,” and discussed only the Guhawati incident. It was only in the Mumbai paper that they made the connection between the two beheadings + promenades and came up with this gem. Also, the evidence the autorickshaw driver cites to prove his wife’s affair is slim. Very slim.

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