A 29-year-old man allegedly strangled his wife to death as she refused to allow him to marry another woman over his desperation to father a male child, the police said on 8 November.
Kunal Sonak Khadke and his wife Indu (28) lived in Bothra village of Sahapur taluka in Thane district and the couple has three daughters.
Kunal wanted a son, for which he wanted to marry another woman, Kasara police station inspector Pradip Kasbe said.
As Indu opposed his wish, Kunal plotted the crime.
On the night of 6 November, he took his wife on a bike towards a river and allegedly strangled her to death. He then threw the body on the road, to make it appear that she had died in an accident.
The police registered an offence against the accused on Monday night, based on a complaint by the deceased's father.
Based on the complaint, the accused was arrested this morning and booked under sections 302 (murder), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the IPC, police added.