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Thavamani and Chitra are residents of Chozhavandhan in Madurai and the couple have three daughters.
In a heartbreaking case, a girl-baby, merely 4-days old was killed by her father and grandmother, as they were irked over the birth of the fourth girl child in their house.
Thavamani and Chitra are residents of Chozhavandhan in Madurai and the couple have three daughters. It was only last week that the Chitra had given birth to a baby girl at the primary health center in what was a normal delivery.
Few days later the family claimed that the baby had died of some unknown illness and a hushed burial was conducted at a graveyard in Mutputhur. The circumstances surrounding the death, barely four days after the infant was born, led to suspicion among the neighbors who tipped off the Police.
The police, district officials and a medical team visited the site and exhumed the mortal remains to perform tests. It was then made clear that the baby was poisoned.
The cops have arrested the girl’s father Thavamani and grandmother Pandiyammal. Initially, the father and grandmother pleaded innocence and tried to mislead the investigation, but eventually they budged and confessed to the crime. The crime is said to have been perpetrated without the knowledge of the baby’s mother, that too at a time when she was away.
The father and Grandmother have been booked under Sections 201(causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 302 (whoever commits murder shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life) of the IPC. The sections pertaining to female infanticide also would be added.
Earlier in March, a similar incident of female infanticide had been reported from Madurai.