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New Delhi :
In a shocking case, a young mother allegedly murdered her six-month-old daughter after a fight with her husband in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh. According to an IANS report, the incident took place in Aligarh’s Rampur village on Sunday. The accused has been identified as one Pinky Sharma. The 25-year-old used to live with her husband Rahul Sharma along with their two children in Rampur. Pinky and Rahul got married four years ago. Apart from the infant daughter, the couple also has a three-year-old son. Rahul Sharma used to work as a worker at a local factory.
On the fateful day, the couple had a bitter fight over Holi shopping. Cash-strapped, Sharma had refused to buy new clothes for the family. Pinky was angry as she wanted to celebrate the festival in grand manner. Soon after the tiff, Rahul walked out of the house. Agitated, Pinky thrashed the infant mercilessly. The battered baby died on the spot. After Rahul returned to the home, he saw Pinky crying in a corner. He noticed the lifeless baby and immediately raised an alarm. The neighbours called the police. The cops have filed a case against the woman under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
After she was arrested, Pinky said that she was not happy in her marriage. Tormented over constant tussle with husband, Pinky said that she didn’t kill her baby ‘intentionally.’
Experts say that it might be an underlying case of postpartum depression. There has been a sharp rise in such cases involving young mothers. Earlier in January, a mother had killed her baby and threw the infant’s body in a gutter in Kolkata. The woman had initially told her family that the baby was kidnapped. After police started interrogating her, Sandhya Maloo broke down and repprtedly admitted to the crime. According to a Times of India report, the woman said that she was constantly ‘tired’ as she had to take care of the baby. The TOI report had said that the 35-year-old was arrested after the chilling confession. According to a study, the United States has the highest rates of child homicide.
(With agency inputs)