A five-month-old boy was allegedly hacked to death by his mother over a property dispute in Sirsod area of Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district, police said on Tuesday.
The woman had tried to drown the baby in a water tub a few days back, police said, adding that the 30-year-old accused had been arrested.
According to police, Nadia village resident Dulari Jatav fatally attacked her son, Pankaj, with a pickaxe on Monday evening.
During interrogation, the woman confessed that she had killed her son over frequent property-related disputes with her in-laws, who were also her neighbours. Jatav also told police that she felt no remorse about killing her child.
On Monday, the woman distributed mangoes among children, including her elder son Brij, 5, who were playing inside her house and asked them to go outside before killing the infant. “She inflicted two fatal wounds on her son’s head and neck, killing the infant instantly,” Sirsod police station in-charge Rajendra Sharma said, adding that the woman was arrested on charges of infanticide under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Ten days ago she tried to drown the infant in a water tub. But timely intervention by her family members and medical assistance saved Pankaj’s life. No case was, however, lodged.
According to the police, Jatav had frequent quarrels with her in-laws and was living in a separate portion of the house with her husband and sons. She was possibly upset as her elder son was close to his grandparents, who lived next door. Police have, however, ruled out mental illness.
Bhopal-based psychologist Dr Anita Singh said it was rare for a mother to kill her son so brutally. Two decades ago, a woman had killed her son over prolonged discord with her husband in Jabalpur.
“But in this case, since Dulari Jatav sent the other children out to play before she allegedly killed her infant son. It is a clear case of pre-planned murder,” she said.
Jatav may have felt that it was because of her children that she got lesser attention from her in-laws, she said.
Singh suggested that the woman could also be afflicted with the problem of double personality and should be sent for psychological screening rather than being put behind bars.