A 14-month-old girl was allegedly killed by her mother and her lover, who was also married to the child’s grandmother, in Bhiwandi. The police have arrested Zorabanu Abdul Kayyum’s mother Jannatul Firdos, while the lover, Rashid Ansari, is absconding.
The police said Zorabanu’s grandmother got married to Ansari after losing her husband to tuberculosis three years ago. While the family lives in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Jannatul’s husband Abdul works in Mumbai and has a house in Bhiwandi.
The police said after giving birth to Zorabanu, Jannatul left the village and began living in Abdul’s Bhiwandi residence five months ago. “Some months later, Jannatul’s mother-in-law and Ansari came to the city in search of a job,” said Rajan Saste, police inspector, Bhiwandi police station.
The police said Ansari and his wife began living in the same area. “Soon, Jannatul and Ansari began a relationship,” Saste said.
On September 2, Jannatul approached the Bhiwandi police station to file an accidental death case. She told the police, Zorabanu lost her balance while trying to stand up and injured her head. “She said she had gone to the market, and when she returned, she saw Ansari nursing Zorabanu’s head. Jannatul said the baby died before they could her to the hospital,” Saste said.
The police, however, claimed that when they examined the baby, there were no injuries on her head. “We were also suspicious because Jannatul was calm when telling us about the incident. The post-mortem confirmed Zorabanu had been beaten to death,” Saste added.
The police then questioned the neighbours and learned the duo was in a relationship.
“When we interrogated Jannatul, she confessed to the crime and said she had conspired with Ansari to kill Zorabanu. She said Ansari had hit her repeatedly on her back with a chappal, causing breathing problems for Zorabanu, and eventually killing her,” Saste said.
The police have registered a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian penal code. “The mother was produced in a Bhiwandi court and has been remanded in police custody for seven days,” Saste said.