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  • 23 February 2014, 3:37

Husband 'Kills Wife And Sets Himself On Fire'

An Indian man has stabbed his American wife to death before committing suicide by setting himself on fire near the Taj Mahal, police say.

Bunty Sharma, 32, allegedly killed 35-year-old Arianne Willinger following an argument and then ignited cooking gas, causing an explosion in his house.

The rickshaw taxi driver had apparently taken her in his vehicle to a remote spot in the city of Agra and attacked her several times with a knife.

He later threw her body on the side of the road, it was claimed. She was found with multiple stab wounds.

Ms Willinger and Sharma met last July when she visited the Taj Mahal with friends.

She and Sharma fell in love and tied the knot in October.

Ms Willinger, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, adopted an Indian name, Kiran Sharma, and began working with an organisation to promote tourism in Agra.

But officers say they separated soon after because of differences.

"Both of them tried to resolve their differences and even met with a marriage counsellor," according to police chief Shalabh Mathur.

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