All is not well with NRI couples: Sasikala Then, Swathi Reddy Now

Young couples living abroad away from their families are unable to manage emotional turmoils ending up in suicides or homicides. Sasikala and Swathi Reddy are recent examples.

Hyderabad: That all is not well with NRI couples has been proved by recent homicide and suicide in the US. The episodes of Telugu techie Sasikala and her son being murdered in New Jersey and Madhukar Reddy committing suicide in Seattle are underlining the problems of young couple staying away from elders and unable to manage emotional problems. Sasikala parents back home had accused son-in-law Hanumantha Rao of killing their daughter and having extramarital relationship with one Deepa. Madhukar Reddy’s relatives accused his wife Swathi of extramarital affair that drove him to commit suicide.

Madhukar Reddy had committed suicide ten days ago in Seattle. His wife, Swathi Reddy, too attempted to kill herself the other day after she was attacked by Madhukar’s relatives at the funeral.

With the young couples living far away from parents and relatives and nobody to guide them or give a shoulder when there are emotionally upset due to marital discord, the couples are feeling lost as they don’t have anyone to depend upon for emotional cushioning. The phone calls and emails from parents, though warm and reassuring, are not solving the issues. Cases of physical abuse, battles for custody of children, murders and of course suicides like Madhukar’s have become the order of the day with NRI couples. Every day, the media reports at least one case of such incident. We watch either the wife or the husband complaining. While most of the cases are ending up in divorce, there are rare cases like Madhukar, where the young couple resort to suicide. The work pressures, an aspiration to live a luxurious resulting in dissatisfaction towards the spouse are finally leading to depression.
The case of Madhukar Reddy, which has been in news for quite some time, falls under the above-category. His wife Swati shared her views with ‘Sakshi’ daily (published in the daily dated April 15) about their relationship, life in Seattle and finally the insensitive treatment meted out to her by in-laws. The following are excerpts of the interview:

Q:What has happened to you?
A: We live in Seattle. Our workplace is a bit far and takes three hours to reach there. As usual, I went to the office on April 3. I called Madhu to share good news with him that afternoon. I told him about my transfer to Seattle branch. He felt very happy that I will not have to wake up early and hurry.
He chatted with his office colleague Srinivas Nagendra around two thirty (she has shown the screen shot). His colleague queried Madhu, if he knows anyone with the knowledge of SAP, as his manager is asking him. In reply, Madhu asked him if they are trying to remove him from the job. Srinivas said as the work is too heavy they needed another hand. But Madhu was not convinced as he was working from home for the past one year as his office is in Oregon. Though attending the office now and then, he was working from home regularly. Because of this, he was sure that he would be removed first. This conversation took place between two thirty and three thirty that day.

Q: When did you return from the office?
A: As usual, by evening. But by that time Madhu hanged himself! I was shocked and scared. I ran out of the house shouting loudly. Those who were passing by that way asked me as to what happened? I told them. They came inside to help. Meanwhile, I called 911. It came in two minutes. They performed CPR immediately, but he did not respond. They performed some medical tests for fifteen minutes and declared him dead. He probably might have hanged himself between three thirty and five thirty.

Q: Did he resort to suicide due to work tensions?
A: Probably, he was suffering from depression since a long time. He is undergoing treatment from 2016. As he was suffering from mood swings, I suggested to him to see a doctor.

Q: Since when is this condition persisting? Is it recent?
A: He was like that ever since we got married. We were supposed to visit his home three days after our marriage. But, he went away alone. He came back after an hour and said, “Sorry, I want to stay here. We will stay for one more day.” I said ok. Within an hour, he said we will go. I was surprised with his attitude. The same thing got repeated after ten days. When I asked him why he was behaving like that he said, “I’m like this. Be with me if you like.. Otherwise forget it.” I was hurt. I shared this with my parents and refused to go back to him. His sister came to our house and pleaded. My in-laws too convinced me. Then my sister-in-law said, “We bore him all these years, now you have to do it.”

Q: When did you go to the USA?
A: Madhu was in the US since 2007. We got married in 2010 and I went to the US in 2011 January along with him.

Q: How was his behaviour there?
A: We went to Las Vegas for a pleasure trip. There too, he used to leave me alone and go away and return saying sorry. He used to be moody at home and loved being alone. He used to break everything around him when he got angry, later used to feel sorry and assure me that it would not be repeated.

Q: Is it a love marriage or arranged marriage?
A: Ours is an arranged marriage. We got married within a month after the engagement.

Q: How was he during that period?
A: We spoke hardly five or six times in that month. I thought he was a shy person. But, he was the same after marriage. He preferred to be alone. When I told his people, they said that since he lived alone for three years, he might have got used to it. Before marriage itself, they said that he was not a gregarious person. We believed it. Even his brother is like that. Nobody can predict his moods. He easily gets angry and throws everything around him. He even gets fits. We came to know that he too tried to kill himself twice.

Q: Did you not complain to your parents or in-laws about Madhu’s behaviour?
A: I did. My in-laws never took what I said seriously. In turn, they used to comment with relatives that I’m creating problems for their son. Exasperated by his behaviour, I said, “let’s go to India, speak to our parents and solve this.” He stayed back citing the problem of Visa stamping. I came alone along with my daughter. I explained to my in-laws about Madhu’s problem. As usual, they did not take me seriously. They only suggested to me to adjust. Even my people said the same and convinced me. I came back to the US.

Q: Did you find any change?
A: No. Even I could not handle the situation. So, I requested him to see a doctor in 2016. He obliged. First, both of us went and saw a physician, he suggested a psychiatrist. He went alone to the psychiatrist. I did not go along with him as I was afraid that he might not open up even before him.

Q: Is there any change after the treatment started?
A: He used to be fine if he took medicines. He used to mingle with people and be active. He used to be good with me too. But he used to complain of drowsiness. He often stopped taking medicine. Then he used to be back to square one. He revealed to me that he was suffering from depression after he abused me physically in the early days of our marriage. Since then I’ve been suggesting to him to see a doctor.

Q: Were his people not aware of his condition before the marriage?
A: He was never with parents. Though he is a native of Bhuvanagiri, he was in relative’s home at Hyderabad for in hostels for education. He was in the hostel during his intermediate and later completed BPharmacy at Bits Pilani. Later he went to the US. He was not attached to the family much. My in-laws were only concerned about property even after his death. They fear that I might demand a share for my daughter.

Q: But she is their granddaughter, don’t they love her?
A: They did not like the birth of a girl child as his elder brother too had two daughters by that time. They were angered when a girl child is born. They expressed their displeasure with my parents that they don’t have a heir. They came to the US during delivery, but they were not happy.

Q: How was Madhu?
A: He was very happy. He asked me not take his parents seriously. There are no disputes between us as being claimed by my inlaws. From the beginning, the problem was his health and we were on the way to solve it.

Q: Your in-laws are alleging that you forced him to buy a house..?
A: That’s not true. We used to stay in a rented house earlier and paid 2200 dollars per month. Cost of living in Seattle is high. When I started working, we thought it would be better to buy a house instead of paying so much of rent. He looked out for a house, as we liked it we paid advance. Since then he started feeling tensed that if he loses his job, it would be difficult to repay the loan. Watching him get stressed out, I suggested dropping the idea of buying. We had cancelled the deal too.

Q: What would you like to say about the whole issue?
A: They defamed me saying that I would make him do domestic work when Madhu was alive. In America both male and female share domestic work. They used to comment why he is doing such thing being a man. But Madhu never took them seriously and told me not to bother about them. After his death, they’ve exceeded the limits and resumed defaming me. I’m proving that they are wrong, let them prove one allegation. When I went to attend the last rites of my husband, their relative Ravindar Reddy hit me pulling my hair. Is it fair to abuse me that way in such a situation? Do I not have the right to see my husband one last time? I absorbed the shock of seeing him dead and brought his body back home.
Can’t they imagine how much pain I’m undergoing? The person who abused me took anticipatory bail. How can the court also give bail to a person who abused a woman publicly? I demand justice. They allege that there was discord between us, but we started event management four months ago on a part-time basis. He was very happy with it. We also conducted an event a month ago? If we are not happy, how can we work together? They are making baseless allegations, let them show the proof, said Swathi Reddy.

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Sasikala Murder: Husband’s Police Call Released

What did Narra Hanumantha Rao do after finding the bodies of his wife and son in a pool of blood? How did the conversation go between the police officials and Hanu Narra when the latter called 911? Here are the details:

New Jersey: Telugu Techie Sasikala’s husband, Narra Hanumantha Rao’s call to the police after he had seen the bodies of his wife and son in his apartment has been released, according to, a news portal in New Jersey.

The recording of the emergency call Rao made to the police is obtained by NJ Advance Media on April 6. has published the recording on its website.

The following was the conversation in the recording between Rao and the police officer who received the call:

Hanumantha Rao: Sir, I just came from office…

Police officer: This is 911. Where is the emergency?

Hanumantha Rao: My wife and son are not talking… Beep…

Hanumantha Rao: I just came from office… I checked in the kitchen. They are in the bedroom…

Police officer: Are you sure?

Hanumantha Rao: Yeah, I am sure… Uh… oh god… Uh…

Police officer: Calm down. I need your first name…

Hanumantha Rao: HANU

Police officer: What’s wrong there?

Hanumantha Rao: I just came from office…

Police officer: Is this a male or a female?

Hanumantha Rao: Female and my son… there is blood everywhere…

Police officer: Hold on a minute for me…

Another female police office
enters the conference call…

Police officer: one male and another female are in the home besieged…

Female officer: Hello

Hanumantha Rao: Yeah

Female officer: Do anybody… they are just not breathing?

Hanumantha Rao: They are not breathing… I just came from office… they both are blood everywhere…

Female officer: What happened to them?

Hanumantha Rao: I have no idea…

Female officer: Are they bleeding?

Hanumantha Rao: Fully bleeding…

Female officer: Where are they bleeding?

Hanumantha Rao: I have no idea… they are not moving at all…

Female officer: Hold on a second for me.

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Sasikala Murder: Mother, Son Cremated At In-law’s Village, Parents Keep Away

Ongole: Bodies of Sasikala, 36, Telugu Techie, and her son Anish Sai, 6, who were Murdered at their New Jersey residence ten days ago, have arrived at Timmarajupalem in Prakasam district on Sunday afternoon and their last rites were performed soon after. Sasikala’s husband Hanumantha Rao was not seen with the bodies. The bodies first reached Hyderabad at 11 pm on Saturday. They were handed over to Sasikala’s father-in-law Subbarao. The bodies reached Vijaywada by road at 11am on Sunday. Sasikala’s parents and relatives were waiting at Vijayawada club.

They had seen the bodies amidst emotional scenes. Sasikala’s mother Krishna Kumari fell down and became unconscious on seeing the dead bodies of her daughter and grandson. She had low BP. Her relatives attended on her. Subba Rao said his son did not accompany the bodies. None from the family of Sasikala’s parents went to her father-in-law’s place due to family feud on account of the extra-marital affair Hanumantha Rao was allegedly having with Deepa Ajit, a Malayalee woman. Sasikala’s parents accused Hanumantha Rao of killing their daughter and grandson.

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Bodies Of Sasikala, Anish Sai To Reach Hyderabad In Wee Hours Of Sunday

New Jersey/ AP:

• Information not passed to Sasikala Parents
• TANA confirms lifting of bodies by Air India flight

Hyderabad: Narra Sasikala and her son’s bodies are expected to reach Mumbai by 2.30 am, wee hour of Sunday, according to Primepost sources. Sasikala’s Parents are not revealing any information on the arrival of bodies or where last rites will be performed. But still dual versions are going on about the presence of Hanumantha Rao, Sasikala’s husband, during the funeral at Thimmarajupalem Village in Praksam District of AP. It is the native place of Hanumantha Rao.

After nine days of murder, Burlington police could not find any clues related to this brutal murder in Fox Meadows apartment in New Jersey. Hanumantha Rao proved his alibi that he was present at the office when the incident took place. Hanumantha Rao’s request to his in-laws about last rites being performed in his presence was strongly objected to.

As per our sources, Police have returned Hanumantha Rao’s passport and gave a signal for him to go to India, but still it is a question mark whether Hanumantha Rao is accompanying the bodies or is staying back in the US.

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Sasikala Murder: Husband Allowed to Attend the Funeral in India

New Jersey: The husband of Sasikala, who was murdered along with her six-year-old son in New Jersey last week, is given permission by the US to go to India for the funeral.

Hanumantha Rao was initially not allowed to leave the country, and the police even confiscated his passport.

Rao reportedly found both mother and son dead in a pool after he returned from work. He contacted police and informed them. He had a strong alibi to support his claim, according to reports.

Post-mortems were performed on both the bodies and the remains were sent to India.

Rao’s movements are “not restricted in any way by the criminal justice system,” according to Joel Bewley, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s spokesperson, reported by a local news channel. He hasn’t been charged with anything, according to the channel.

According to NDTV reports, the spokesperson told the channel that he wouldn’t comment on whether Rao is a suspect, as they (his office) are not allowed to talk about any past, present and future suspects.

Rao’s in-laws back in India claimed in a press conference that he was behind the murder. They alleged that Rao had an illegal affair with another woman, which the spokesperson reportedly confirmed.

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Justice Eludes Sasikala’s Parents, Not Contacted Yet


Amaravati: Parents of Telugu techie Narra Sasikala who was found dead in her New Jersey flat along with her six year old son feel ignored even after the a week of their daughter’s death. The parents complain that they were not contacted till date either by their son-in-law Narra Hanumantha Rao or his parents Narra Subba Rao and Siva Parvathi who live in Thimmarajupalem of Prakasam district.

Sasikala’s parents are in regular contact with the US police and consulate requesting them to hand over the bodies of their daughter and grandson to them in Vijayawada in vain. It is said that the US police and the representatives of the TANA have decided on sending the bodies to Thimmarajupalem and not to Vijayawada. Their request to place the bodies in their house even for just two hours for the relatives to have the last look fell in deaf ears.

“We are trying our best to have the last glimpse of the bodies of our daughter and grandson even for a few minutes. It is unfortunate that even till today neither my son-in-law nor his parents have contacted us,” Sashikala’s father Venkateswara Rao told the media persons.

Meanwhile, the TANA representatives are making arrangements to shift the two bodies of Sashikala and her son to India. The bodies would reach Hyderabad in the next two days and be sent by road to Thimmarajupalem in Prakasam district.

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Stalemate Continues Over Sasikala’s Last Rites


Amaravati: Stalemate continues over the last rites of Telugu techie Narra Sasikala and her six year old son Anish Sai who were found dead in their New Jersey residence. Sasikala and her son were found dead in the pool of blood in the flat last Thursday. While her parents who live in Vijayawada alleged that their son-in-law Hanumantha Rao must have killed them, the US police are probing into every aspect to find the accused.

The US police have completed the formalities and handed over the bodies to Hanumantha Rao and the representatives of the Telugu Association for further action. Sasikala’s parents in Vijayawada have been asking the US police and the US Consulate to send the bodies to their home, while Hanumantha Rao is said to have decided on having the last rites in US. Interestingly, Hanumantha Rao’s parents who live in Thimmarajupalem village of Paruchuru mandal in Prakasam district want the bodies of their daughter-in-law. Narra Subba Rao and Siva Parvathi, have told their son Hanumantha Rao to send the bodies here. Though Hanumantha Rao had agreed to send the bodies he is not permitted to move out of US due to police restrictions. As he could not accompany the bodies to perform the last rites, Hanumantha Rao is having second thought of conducting the last rites in US. However, this would not be possible only if the parents of the deceased Sashikala give a clean chit to the police.

Back home in Vijayawada, Sasikala’s parents who have complained to the US consulate and the police against Hanumantha Rao and his girl friend and they are not willing to take back their complaint. “How is it possible? We have doubts over the role of our son-in-law and his girl friend in the death of our daughter. We can’t withdraw the complaint without the police completing the investigation and identifying the criminals,” said Venkateswara Rao.

As both Hanumantha Rao and his parents want the bodies to be taken to Thimmarajupalem village of Prakasam district for the funeral, Sashikala’s parents have taken one step backward and asked the US consulate to keep the bodies in their Vijayawada house at least for a few hours before they are sent to the in-law’s house. Venkateswara Rao is in constant touch with the police and the representatives of the Telugu association.

It is to be seen how things would get unfolded once the US police issue clearance for the travel of the two bodies on Wednesday evening.


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Sasikala Murder: Bodies To Reach India On Thursday

Vijayawada: Bodies of Sasikala, Telugu techie, who was murdered along with her son, Anish Sai, will be reaching India on Thursday morning. Legal formalities by Burlington police have been completed and TANA is waiting for the death certificates of the two victims to shift the bodies to India. The bodies are lying at the funeral house in New Jersey. The representatives of TANA are attending to the details. Hanumantha Rao, Sasikala’s husband has been cooperating with the police in investigations.

Police are looking in multiple directions to know the reasons behind these murders. They came to a conclusion that as there were series of incidents of domestic violence between Sasikala and Hanumantha Rao the role of the husband has to be ascertained. The fact that there are a number of stab injuries on the face of the child indicates that the crime may have been committed by a person who is familiar to the family.

After questioning several persons known to Sasikala and Hanumantha Rao, the police have zeroed on two vital clues. One, the suspicion that a woman is involved in the crime and two, the killer, whoever it was, has a lot of hatred and anger against the victims. The police have taken into cognisance the emails sent by Sasikala to her brother at Vijayawada. They are also examining the details of the chat between Hanumantha Rao and his friend Deepa Ajit whom they have already questioned. These material evidences are considered from the angle of domestic discord and quarrel

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Sasikala Murder: Involvement Of A Woman Not Ruled Out

Sasikala Murder: Involvement Of A Woman Not Ruled Out

New York: The Maple Shade police did not rule out the possibility of the involvement of a woman in the murder of Telugu Techie Sasikala (36) and her son Anish Sai (6) at Fox Meadows Apartment in New Jersey on Thursday, 24 March 2017. The police have obtained corroborative evidence that Sasikala’s husband Narra Hanumantha Rao was not at home when the crime was committed. He was with friends at a party after the office hours on that evening.

After questioning several persons known to Sasikala and Hanumantha Rao, the police have zeroed on two vital clues. One, the suspicion that a woman is involved in the crime and two, the killer, whoever it was, has a lot of hatred and anger against the victims. The police have taken into cognisance the emails sent by Sasikala to her brother at Vijayawada. They are also examining the details of the chat between Hanumantha Rao and his friend Deepa Ajit whom they have already questioned. These material evidences are considered from the angle of domestic discord and quarrel.

The brutality of crime was shocking. There are several stab wounds on Sasikala’s face and body. There are deep wounds on the head and face of Anish who evidently resisted the killer. “The crime is savage. There is too much of barbarity. It appears the culprit has extreme hatred and animosity towards the victims,” said Ravi Potluri, a joint secretary of Telugu Association of North America (TANA). He has been helping the police in their investigations. Earlier Mohan Nannapaneni, head of the emergency assistance wing of TANA, spoke to the police and Hanumantha Rao. He said the police have completed the autopsy and handed over the bodies to the funeral house. The bodies will be given to the relatives or friends after embalming so that they can be sent to India. Ravi has been in touch with the parents of Sasikala and Hanumantha Rao back home in Andhra Pradesh. Ravi reportedly commented, “It is premature at this stage to jump to conclusion about the culprit. We better not speculate and wait for the police to complete their investigations and come to a conclusion.”

Hanumantha Rao, who was not allowed by the police to stay at his home which has been locked, has been living with a friend. Rao told the police and others that he would pay 15,000 dollars needed to send the bodies to India. However, Cognizant, the organisation for which Sasikala was working, is particular about bearing the expenditure. The parents of both Sasikala and Hanumantha Rao are in a fix not knowing what to do except waiting for the bodies to reach Vijayawada. They are being consoled by relatives and friends but Venkateswara Rao and Krishna Kumari, parents of Sasikala are inconsolable. The teaching community, to which both of them belong, had been in a state of shock.

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Sasikala Murder: Is The House Jinxed?

New Jersey: Is Fox Meadows Apartment Complex where the double murder of Telugu Techie Sasikala and her son Anish Sai took place jinxed? That is what a local newspaper appears to believe. The Thursday murders are the fifth in a row.

The previous murders took place in the apartments in 1996 and 2015, according to Burlington County Times (BCT). The paper recalled that two brothers were stabbed a number of times till they died. This gruesome murder happened in 2014.

The murders that took place at the apartments appear to be most cruel and crude. Any killing is cruel but killing by axe or knife is rather primitive. In 1996, a man killed his wife by hacking with an axe. The killer was sentenced to death by the court in 2014.

BCT said TANA representatives are making arrangements to send bodies of Sasikala and Anish Sai to India. Hanumantha Rao was questioned by the police for ten hours. The police refused to talk about their investigations.

The investigating officials denied it was a hate crime. Public Information Officer at the prosecutor’s office Joel Bewley said emphatically that the murders are not on account of any bias.

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Sasikala Murder: Police Quiz Deepa Ajit, Three Colleague

New Jersey: Maple Shade police have questioned Nara Hanumantha Rao, husband of the slain Telugu techie Sasikala, and his friend Deepa Ajit on Saturday. The police also quizzed three colleagues of Rao. He was questioned for the second time.

“Since it is double murder case, the police will take a couple of days to hand over the bodies to be taken home, said Mohan Nannapaneni of Telugu Association of North America (TANA).

Hanumantha Rao’s passport is in his house which is under lock. The police have not allowed him to go into the house. If he is allowed, he may fly to India and seek police protection from Andhra Pradesh. Rao said he discovered the bodies after retuning from office on Thursday evening. Three colleagues at his office have confirmed to the police that they dropped Rao at the house in Fox Meadows Apartments. When the police asked him if the door of the apartment was open or he used key to enter the house, Rao replied in a vague manner saying that he did not remember the details as he was speaking on mobile. As he entered the house he called out Anish. When his son did not respond, he entered their bedroom where Anish was lying dead on the bed and the body of Sasikala was on the ground.

Mohan Nannapaneni said Rao was disturbed with the reports linking him to the murder. He said Rao told him that he wants to go to India for the funeral. He said that Hanumantha Rao told him that he is absolutely innocent and the police will have to find out the culprits.

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