Deepika Parmar, who threw her month-old daughter to her death at KEM Hospital in October, was granted bail by the sessions court on Monday. Bail was granted against a surety of Rs 15,000 on humanitarian grounds.
According to the police, on October 26, they had found Parmar’s child in the gutter outside a toilet at the hospital. They alleged Parmar had thrown her child out of the toilet window.
Parmar was arrested soon after she was discharged from the hospital on November 22 and was remanded in judicial custody at Byculla jail. Parmar was charged under Section 317 (exposure and abandonment of child) and murder under the Indian Penal Code.
Though the police called it a case of murder, the defence said Parmar had not meant to kill her child and had been depressed at the time. In her bail application, the defence had contended that since the treatment was not available in jail, she should be sent to Thane Mental Hospital. Parmar’s lawyer also said that the charge of murder was not applicable.
KEM doctors treating Parmar concluded that she was mentally unstable and needed medical intervention.
While the defence argued that though the police had secured her custody on the grounds that they wanted to find out the motive for the crime, to find out if there is any other person involved in the case and to find out if she is booked under any other case, the police have not found any evidence against her.
The court accepted the defence’s contention and granted Parmar bail.