To teach brother a lesson, aunt kills 8-year-old nephew
An eight-year-old child was strangled to death by his paternal aunt in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar on Sunday, police said. The woman — identified as Shivani (35) — allegedly strangled her nephew Lakshya Gosain to teach her brother, Surender, a lesson for causing a dispute between her and her husband.delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2010 02:01 IST
An eight-year-old child was strangled to death by his paternal aunt in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar on Sunday, police said. The woman — identified as Shivani (35) — allegedly strangled her nephew Lakshya Gosain to teach her brother, Surender, a lesson for causing a dispute between her and her husband.
Lakshya, a class three student of Amity International School, Mayur Vihar, was the only child of the couple.
"After killing the child, she walked into the Krishna Nagar police station at 6 pm, confessed to having committed the crime and surrendered herself," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
"During questioning, she told us she had taken Lakshya to the top floor of Sitaram Apartments in Madhu Vihar on the pretext of taking him for a walk. She then strangled him and dumped his body in the building's water tank," the officer said.
Police said the Madhu Vihar police station was informed of the incident.
Investigators fished Lakshya's body out of the water tank and rushed it to Max Hospital where he was declared dead.
According to police, during investigation Shivani told them that she took the extreme step to get back at her brother Rajkumar Gosai who used to taunt her husband, Sumit, whenever the couple visited his house.
"Sumit was apparently fed-up with the constant nagging that his wife's brother used to subject him to and would take out his frustration on her. She said she had been bearing the brunt of her brother's ill will and wanted to teach him a lesson he would remember all his life," the officer said.
Shivani and Sumit have two children, Rinku and Toni, who live in outer Delhi's Rohini area.
"She was staying at our home after a recent fight with Sumit and was under depression. She blamed Rajkumar for the sorry state her marriage was in and would frequently nag him and his wife Rita about it," said Rajender Gosain, Rajkumar's younger brother.
He said the family was doing all it could to help Shivani look beyond Rajkumar's rebukes and to try and mend her marriage.
"We used to talk to her about going back and starting afresh with her husband and never thought she would take such a drastic step," he said.
Meanwhile, a case of murder has been registered at the Madhu Vihar Police Station.