Sixteen months after she was arrested for allegedly killing her newly born girl child, the Thane sessions court acquitted a chartered accountant last week for lack of evidence.
Bhayander resident Shefali Seth (28) gave birth to a girl on January 14, 2009 and allegedly banged the child’s head on the bathroom wall leading to her death. The body was found by the sweeper of Seth’s society in a garbage dump.
Seth was arrested on January 24.
The Bombay High Court on September 19 directed the Thane court to expedite her trial.
Defence lawyer Ashish Chavan argued that Seth was in a state of depression when the child was born out of precipitate labour. Precipitate labour is forced labour when the mother doesn’t have any control over herself.
Seth was alone at home when she had the child.
Chavan said Seth did not want to kill the child. If she wanted she would have aborted it. The police, Chavan argued, did not conduct any test to prove whether the child was born alive or it was still born.
The court acquitted Seth of the murder charge but convicted her on charges of concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body and sentenced her to the period that she has already served as an under trial.