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Wife abandons husband in India to escape care bills

A wealthy Swiss woman who abandoned her disabled husband in India has been found guilty of kidnapping and jailed for four years.

A court in Winterthur was told that the 65 year-old woman had grown tired of paying £6,000 a month in care bills for wheelchair-bound husband, who was 74. According to a report in the Mail,  the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, convinced her elderly husband to come on a luxurious holiday with her to India. She then abandoned him in a poor suburb of New Delhi with a local family, paying them just £1,500 a month to look after him. She then returned to Zurich.

Nine months later, her husband, thank to a “lack of care and poor hygiene” and was cremated. The family then contacted the Swiss authorities to say the man had died, exposing his wife’s plan.

She insisted that her husband had benefited from the warm climate in India but prosecutor insisted that she had abandoned him, saying:

“Her act was the utterly cynical disposal of an old and disabled person to save money.

She had even shown her husband videos and books on India to sell the trip to him as a luxurious holiday. But instead he died alone in a strange land, without familiar faces around him and with no possibility of communication with his new carers.”

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