A Jaipur woman allegedly slit her four-month-old daughter’s throat as she wanted a boy, police said on Thursday, as investigation into the two-week-long case gathered pace.
The murder took place on August 26, when the victim, the daughter of an industrialist was found murdered at their house in Shastri Nagar.
Police said the woman tried to kill the daughter once before on August 19 but wasn’t successful. The baby girl was admitted to a hospital and the woman claimed the child had a problem of vomiting.
“We found the mother was unhappy over having a baby girl as she wanted a boy. The couple has another eight-year-old girl and her parents tried numerous times to have a boy,” said deputy commissioner of police (north) Anshuman Bhomia.
He added that the couple would often consult doctors and private hospitals and tried methods such as in-vitro fertilization and surrogacy – all unsuccessfully.
Bhomia said the woman would often search IVF and surrogacy but deleted her web browser history – which police recovered with cyber experts.
“We arrested her on Wednesday evening and today we presented her in court. We have got a four-day remand from the court,” said Bhomia. The case seemed at a dead-end weeks ago but police said they zeroed in on the suspect because of technology-based investigation and unconventional probe techniques.
Police said they nailed the suspect because of traces of blood found from her nails.
“The day the body of the girl was recovered, her mother said she hadn’t touched the body. But later when we confronted her about the blood found in her nails, she changed her statement and said that it came because she had touched the body of the girl. This was the final piece of evidence that we needed,” said Bhomia.
He added that the three most crucial sets of evidence were the blood found from the mother’s hands, blood found in the attached bathroom and the blanket in which the body was wrapped, which also came from the same room.
“We are continuing with the investigation and interrogating the accused,” said Bhomia.