A MAN beat up and killed his wife seven months into her pregnancy because she wanted to have a “valaikkappu” (baby shower), Malaysia Nanban reported.

G. Arputharaj, 20, and Shakthi, 18, from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, married in April after she got pregnant.

As Shakthi’s pregnancy advanced, she went to stay with her mother.

She told Arputharaj she wanted to have a baby shower but he refused as they were struggling financially.An argument ensued with Arputharaj attacking her. Shakthi died as a result of the beating. Arputharaj has been arrested.

> The school board of a Tamil school in Negri Sembilan has urged authorities to help them address its problems related to road infrastructure, Makkal Osai reported.

SJK (T) Ladang Bukit Kledek is only accessible via a 5km earth road.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ‘ >’sign, it denotes a separate news item.