June 3, 2023

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A rich heiress buried alive by her husband in a crime that shook India

  • Geeta Pandey
  • BBC News, Delhi

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Shakare Khalili’s murder made headlines in India 30 years ago.

Shakere Khalili was “rich and handsome” and came from one of the most aristocratic families in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. But in 1991, the rich heiress disappeared without a trace, and she suddenly disappeared.

For three years, her second husband, Murali Manohar Mishra – better known as Swami Shradhananda – made fantastic stories about her whereabouts.

In 1994, her remains were discovered after they were found under the courtyard of the couple’s luxury home in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore). Shakere was drugged, placed in a wooden box, and buried alive..

In 2003, a court found Shradhananda guilty of murder and sentenced him to death, which was later upheld by the Supreme Court. Courts have recognized that the marriage was followed by Shaker for property and assets worth crores of rupees.

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