Police arrested a 35-year-old woman, who allegedly killed her five-year-old nephew as she had no son and was jealous of her sister-in-law, on Friday.
Anita Sham Khandekar, a resident of Sasane Nagar, allegedly strangled Mauli to death on Thursday night and kept his body under a bed in her house.
Mauli’s parents registered a missing person’s complaint with the police after looking for him till late in the night.
Khandekar allegedly took Mauli’s body from the house and dumped it in a water storage tank when her family members were at the police station. His body was found inside the tank near the house during a police search.
According to a preliminary investigation, Khandekar had two daughters and wanted a son. Her three sisters-in-law, who live in the same vicinity, had sons. Khandekar told the police that she was constantly tortured by family members because she was the only woman in the family who had two daughters.
Police recorded the statements of Khandekar’s family members and neighbours. They were suspicious about her movements.
Mauli’s father is physically handicapped and is a rickshaw driver.