An alleged dispute over drawing water from a hand pump has recently taken the life of a four-year-old boy in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh.
It was the third killing over water-related brawl in the state in less than two months, police said on Friday adding that the murder accused was a 30-year-old woman Rani Pathak, the aunt of the victim Kanha Pathak.
Rani told police on Thursday she killed Kanha on Monday for the humiliation she suffered at the hands of his grandmother Komal Bai, an aunt of her husband Shiv Kishore Pathak, who prevented her from taking water from a hand pump.
Rani, a resident of Majhgaon Sheikh village in Amanganj police station, kicked Kanha from the staircase of the first floor of her house connected with his residence through a courtyard, and when he lost consciousness, she strangulated him.
Panna superintendent of police OP Tripathi told Hindustan Times after committing the murder, Rani concealed the body in a store room, but fearing that she might be caught, she dumped the body in the courtyard.
During investigation the police found Rani’s hand in the murder and picked her up for questioning.
“Rani was looking for an opportunity to avenge the ignominy and snuffed out Komal’s grandson, knowing well that it would hurt the woman most,” the Panna SP added.
As Kanha went to Rani’s house to play with her one-year-old son Manoranjan on June 13, she called him to the first floor, the police said.
When his family members did not find Kanha, they lodged a complaint at Amanganj police station.
“Finding the body between both houses, we thought some relative might have been responsible for it, and investigations took us to Rani who has been sent to jail,” said Tripathi.
A brawl between a teenage girl and a woman over drawing water from a hand pump two years ago, allegedly led to the murder of an 11-year-old girl identified as Pushpa Prajapati in Banskhedi village of Vidisha district on April 25 this year.
A 42-year-old woman Imrati Namdev was killed by her younger sister Pushpa following an argument over drawing water from a well at Sridhar Colony in Chhattarpur town on April 29 this year.