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India: Mother held for killing 7-month-old daughter

World News
Sun, 02 Sep 2018

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has arrested a 27-year-old woman for allegedly strangling her seven-month-old daughter and passing it off as an accidental death. The accused claimed that she considered the infant responsible for their family's "medical and financial problems."

On August 20, Hazrat Nizamuddin police station received information of a girl child been brought dead at the Moolchand Hospital. On reaching the hospital, police found that the infant was brought to the hospital by her parents - Israr Khan (father) and Adiba (mother). Later, on inquiry, the parents stated that the girl had drowned in a bucket.

However, on observation of the dead body, the police noticed that the baby's neck had doubtful marks on the front portion. Hence, the body was shifted to All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) mortuary for port-mortem.

On August 27 the post-mortem report stated "the cause of death is fatal pressure over the neck." Also, as per the report there was no water in the internal organs of the deceased.

Taking a lead from that, the police later investigated the crime scene i.e. bathroom of deceased's house. From there, water bucket having yellowish water and other exhibits were lifted and seized.

Later, Adiba was examined as she was the only person present at home when the incident took place. On sustained interrogation, she broke down and confessed about the murder of her daughter. She said that since her daughter's birth, their family was facing medical and financial problems. She considered her death the only solution for elimination of their financial crunch and other problems. Therefore, she planned to kill her.

On the day of the incident, no one was present at her home and the child was sleeping. Adiba strangled her with the help of a dupatta and killed her. After that she put the body in a bucket of water to show her death was due to drowning. After that she pulled the body out of the bucket and kept it on the bed and rushed to her husband's tailor shop and informed him about the same.

Adiba has been arrested in the case for murder of her daughter and the dupatta used for strangulation has been recovered by the police.