A woman strangled her eight-year-old stepson on Wednesday in outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar, afraid that he take revenge on her for abusing him for four years when he grows up, police said on Friday.
The crime came to light on Thursday morning when the woman (26) reportedly asked a priest at the Vijay Vihar cremation ground to hurriedly perform the final rites of Prince Paswan.
She reportedly told the priest the boy had died in an accident and that his father was out of town. Noticing that the woman was alone and in a hurry, the priest sensed something was amiss. He surreptitiously informed the police.
Had it not been for the alert priest, the woman would have managed to escape, police said.
An investigating officer said, “When we reached the spot and quizzed the woman, she started giving contradictory answers. She later broke down and admitted to having murdered the child. We sent the body for post-mortem, which confirmed Prince had died of strangulation.”
They arrested the woman on murder charges.
During interrogation, the woman said she married Prince’s father Indel Paswan four years ago. It was a second marriage for both of them. The woman alleged that Paswan had not told her about his son.
“After marrying Paswan, she said, she started beating up Prince. All these years, she ill-treated her stepson. She claims she used to hate him and tortured him. She realised that the boy had started hating her. Fearing that Prince would take revenge in a few years, she killed him,” said an investigating officer.
The woman is from Nalanda. Her husband Indel works as a scrap dealer. Police said Indel was not home at the time of the incident. Indel returned to the city on Friday, after police informed him about his son’s murder.