Indian Minister's Wife Dies After Accusing Husband Of Affair

The wife of a high-profile politician in India has died after a public controversy in which she accused her husband of having an affair.
Posted at 9:17 AM, Jan 18, 2014

The wife of a high-profile politician in India has died following a recent controversy in which she accused her husband of having an affair. 

Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of human resource minister Shashi Tharoor, was reportedly found sprawled across the bed in a high-end New Delhi hotel room Friday night. Police do not yet know the cause of death. (Via CNN

This comes just days after she admitted to hacking into her husband's Twitter account and exposing private messages between him and a Pakistani journalist she alleged was his mistress. 

Pushkar posted messages between her husband and Mehr Tarar, a prominent Pakistani journalist, to her husband's Twitter timeline. (Via NDTV)

She then posted on her own Twitter timeline that Tarar was trying to ruin her marriage — claiming the journalist was stalking her husband and is an "agent" for a Pakistani intelligence service. (Via BBC)

Tharoor and Tarar both dismissed the allegations, and though Pushkar initially said she planned to divorce Tharoor, the two released a joint statement Thursday claiming they were "happily married."

The couple had been married since 2010. Tharoor will likely be called in for questioning over his wife's death, as The Wall Street Journal notes, "In India, the law mandates husbands be questioned for cases involving the death of a woman within seven years of marriage." (Via The Wall Street Journal

Pushkar had been in and out of the hospital for an undisclosed illness earlier this week. Police say they're currently performing an autopsy to pinpoint the cause of her death. She was 52 years old.