A man decapitated his wife at Pokhari village, 10km from Jamshedpur, in the small hours of Tuesday.
Budheswar Gope (40) has been arrested for murder of Asha Devi (30), who he claimed wanted mukti (salvation) from life. The couple have two children — Abhishek (5) and Anita (3).
The murder came to light around 6am when villagers heard the children crying. Police were informed and Gope was taken into custody along with the chopper he used to kill his wife.
Officer-in-charge of MGM police station Ratibhan Singh said the couple had a quarrel on Monday night over food and the murder could be a fallout. But, Gope insisted he killed Asha Devi because she was dissatisfied with life and wanted salvation.