Two days after a Jaipur woman was arrested for the murder of her daughter, police on Friday recovered the kitchen knife used to slit the throat of the child. Neha Goyal, wife of a local industrialist, had killed her four-month-old daughter as she wanted a son.
The body of the child, Mahika, was recovered from an air conditioner cabinet from her Shastri Nagar house on August 26. After two-week-long probe the police nailed the suspect because of traces of blood found from her nails. The woman had claimed that she hadn’t touched the body.
“Today we searched the house and recovered the murder weapon from the bedroom of the accused. Neha Goyal had used a kitchen knife to kill the child,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (north) Rajesh Kumar Meel.
According to the police, the woman was depressed over having a girl. She had consulted several doctors for in-vitro fertilization and surrogacy and searched these subjects extensively on the Internet. “Preliminary investigation does not indicate that anyone in her family had ever put pressure on her for having a boy. She acted on her own,” Meel said.
An English literature graduate from Delhi’s Hansraj College, Neha had tried to kill the daughter once before on August 19 but wasn’t successful.
“On August 26, Neha took her daughter to her bedroom around 2 pm and murdered the child between 2 and 3pm. She hid the body in an AC cabinet and returned to her room to wash off the bloodstains. She later raised an alarm that the child was missing,” said Meel.
According to the police, the woman had posted photos with her infant on Facebook a month before committing the murder and nobody had any inkling that she was depressed about giving birth to a girl child and was planning to kill her.