NEW DELHI — Police in India have charged a school principal and her husband with murdering 23 children after feeding them lunches laced with insecticide, officials said Tuesday, in a case that shocked the country and contributed to concerns about food safety.
The principal, Meena Kumari, and her husband, Arjun Rai, went into hiding almost as soon as the young children in Kumari’s care fell ill at the school in the village of Gandaman in the Saran district of Bihar, a state in India’s northeast.
Police arrested Kumari a week after the incident, which took place in July, while Rai absconded for nearly two months. Murder charges were filed against the couple Sunday night. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.