Bareilly: Stepmom accused of killing 6-year-old when he asked for food | lucknow | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Dec 17, 2017-Sunday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Bareilly: Stepmom accused of killing 6-year-old when he asked for food

A woman in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh has been accused of strangulating her six-year-old stepson when he asked for food, police said on Wednesday.

lucknow Updated: Aug 24, 2016 18:53 IST
HT Correspondent
A woman in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh has been accused of strangulating her six-year-old stepson when he asked for food.
A woman in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh has been accused of strangulating her six-year-old stepson when he asked for food.(Representative image)

A woman in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh has been accused of strangulating her six-year-old stepson when he asked for food, police said on Wednesday.

The accused, 25-year-old Tabassum, married Shahid Khan, a widower with two children, five months ago. The older child, Saif, was found dead in their home in the Bithra area on Tuesday.

Shahid, a mason, accused Tabassum of strangulating the child, whose body was later sent for an autopsy. Police are waiting for the medical report to file an FIR. The stepmother was detained and kept at the women’s police station.

Police officer Ramanpal Singh said the husband has charged Tabassum with murder, saying she did it in a fit of rage when Saif returned from school, woke her from her afternoon nap, and asked for food.

“When she didn’t give him food Saif started crying. This enraged Tabassum and she throttled the child’s neck with her hands,” Shahid alleged.

“I married her to take care of my children and she took the life of my son.”

Tabassum reportedly left Saif in the courtyard and returned to her bedroom.

Shahid’s four-year-old daughter, Mahinoor, was in the house when the incident occurred.

The girl narrated the incident to her grandmother when she returned home. Mahinoor repeated the ghastly tale to the police team, but her statement was not recorded since she is a minor.

“We cannot rely on a little child’s statement. We will wait for the postmortem examination report,” officer Singh said.