A man beheaded his neighbour’s five-year-old daughter after being told by his uncle, a self-proclaimed tantrik (witch doctor), that only a human sacrifice would enable his wife to give birth to a healthy male child.
The gruesome ritual took place in a village in Lakhimpur Kheri district, 150 km south of Lucknow on Tuesday. Ram Niwas, 25, who beheaded the child, his uncle, Mewa Lal, 55, and an associate, Yousuf Ansari, 22, have been arrested, the police said.
Bheera Station Officer Ravi Srivastava said the trio was arrested soon after the crime was reported to the police on Tuesday night.
The police recovered the decapitated body of Vandana, daughter of Gaya Prasad, from a field outside the village. Burnt incense sticks and other items used in carrying out tantrik ritual were found at the spot.
Srivastava said the trio had confessed having committed the crime during interrogation.
Ram Niwas told the police his wife was unable to conceive due to some gynaecological problem and the therefore took recourse to performing a human sacrifice to fulfill his desire to father a male child. Further investigation in the case is on.