24-year-old woman desperate to pay off $180 loan kills grandmother

A 24-year-old woman, desperate to pay off a $180 online loan, killed her grandmother trying to sell her jewelry.

The incident took place in the western Indian city of Pune on Tuesday. According to local media reports, the defendant, identified as Gauri Dange, was arrested. The incident came to light after Sulochana Dange, 70, was found dead at her home.

“Gauri had made a complaint of murder after the incident but she kept changing her statements which made the police suspicious Police (Zone III) Pournima Gaikwad as said.

Authorities said loan app executives had been stalking Gauri for the past few days to try to pay off the loan.

“They sent her entire contact list and her two photos to her phone on Tuesday morning with the message that if she didn’t repay the loan by the evening, the pictures would be converted and sent to her contacts. This put her in a panic mode and she ended up committing the crime,” Gaikwad explained.

Gauri reportedly killed her grandmother and took her jewelry to pay off the loan, the Indian Express reported. She sold her grandmother’s gold necklace and a pair of gold earrings to a local jeweler.

A police source told local media Gauri is unable to maintain her shopping and travel habits on her salary.

“So she started taking loans from online apps. She borrowed from one app to pay back a loan from another. She soon found herself in a difficult position. She knew about her grandmother’s jewelry, but she had told her that she had no money. In this case, her loan repayment was due by the end of this month.”

On Tuesday, Gauri came home early and saw her grandmother sleeping. She picked up a pillow and smothered her, DCP Gaikwad said.

“When Sulochana tried to resist, Gauri took a razor and cut her hands and neck. She then took a screwdriver and hit Sulochana’s head hard with it, causing a deep gash. We confiscated the screwdriver, the razor and the pillow,” Gaikwad said.

The defendant cleaned up the scene and attempted to make it appear as if two men entered the home when the victim was alone and murdered her. However, their plan to cover up the crime failed.

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