KATIHAR: An impoverished man in Bihar’s Katihar district, 304 km east of Patna, allegedly strangled to death his eight-year-old daughter after being told that his estranged wife had married another person.
Police said the incident took place at Laliyahi in Katihar town police station area on Monday.
“Mohammad Mustaque, 40, lost his cool when he came to know that his wife had married another man in New Delhi. In a fit of anger, Mustaque started beating up his daughter Suhani and finally strangled her to death,” town police station SHO Anupam Kumar said.
Mustaque, a daily wager, had been arrested and sent to jail after his mother-in-law lodged a complaint with the police on Monday evening, the station house office (SHO) said.
Kumar said Mustaque’s wife Dukhni Khatun, 35, left for New Delhi with a son and a daughter five months ago and had been living there with her sister since then. Their three other children — one son and two daughters — were staying at Katihar with Mustaque, he added.
“Mustaque had been staying at the house of his in-laws after his marriage about 20 years ago. With the small earning as a daily wager, he was finding it difficult to support his family, resulting in frequent quarrel with his wife. Upset over this, Khatun left her husband five months ago and went to New Delhi,” the SHO said.
The SHO, however, could not confirm or deny the veracity of reports regarding Khatun’s remarriage.
The post-mortem examination of the victim had been conducted and further probe was underway, he said.
In a similar incident recently, a man strangulated his two-year-old crying son for disturbing him in sleep and threw her body into a rivulet at Belawdan village in neighbouring Purnia district..