A Malerkotla resident has been booked on the charge of murdering his teenaged daughter.
A case was registered at Amargarh police station on the complaint of Jamila Begum, alias Rani, of Malerkotla. Rani told police that she suspected her ex-husband Mohammad Rafi, 40, of having strangled their daughter Fauzia Begum, 13, to death. Rani added that she had three children from Rafi - two sons and a daughter. After her divorce, she had married Mohammad Shahbaz.
Rani’s children were staying with Rafi, who works as a cook at marriage functions, and she was allowed to visit them as per a written mutual consent. On June 13, Rani went to Rafi’s place after she learnt about her daughter’s death.
When Rani said she wanted to see her daughter’s body, he claimed that he had already buried Fauzia. Getting suspicious, Rani and Shahbaz conducted an inquiry and informed the cops. Police reached the spot and exhumed the girl’s body from the backyard of Rafi’s house.
Rani alleged that she saw strangulation marks on Fauzia’s neck and throat and suspected that Rafi had murdered her. An investigation revealed that Rafi suspected his daughter’s character.
Police have registered a case under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Investigating officer and station house officer (SHO) Sanjiv Goyal said police had sent the body for a post-mortem. Rafi is yet to be arrested.