Indian woman, 7-year-old son found dead in New Jersey home: Report

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 24, 2017, 08.43 AM (IST)

An Indian woman and her seven-year-old son were found dead in their home in New Jersey, according to a report by the Hindustan Times, citing the family in Andhra Pradesh. The police have launched an investigation into their brutal killing, PTI  reported.

The mother's name was N Sasikala, aged 40, and her son Anish Sai. The bodies were found by Sasikala's husband, N Hanumantha Rao, when he returned home from work yesterday night.

The deceased mother suspects the murder took place because her son-in-law was having an affair with another woman.

A member of the Andhra Pradesh state legislature assembly in a phone conversation with the Telegu Association of North America said they were both strangled to death.

Both Sasikala and Hanumantha Rao were software professionals, and the former worked from home.

Nothing is currently known about the motive.

Violence in the US

In February, 32-year-old engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead in a Kansas bar. Days later, a driver of Indian descent was gunned down in Washington. The gunman had yelled "go back to your own country" before opening fire.

On March 4, Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin, was shot by an unknown person in Kent near Seattle.

In response to these incidents, External Minister of Affairs Sushma Swaraj said: "We do not treat these incidents as law and order matter. It is not as simple as that. From our side, we are saying that these are 100 per cent incidents of hate crime."