Rupinder Kaur, a resident of Tibba Sahib here, who, on Sunday, had lodged a complaint with the police that someone had assaulted her 13 month son, has herself emerged as the culprit.
Investigations by the Model Town police revealed that she had attempted murder of her son in order to start her life with her paramour. She was arrested on Wednesday under Section 307 of IPC and produced in the court that remanded her to judicial custody.
Rupinder (21), a divorcee, had complained that on Sunday morning when she had returned home after fetching milk from a nearby shop, her 13-month-old-son Navpreet Singh was lying in a pool of blood. Some unidentified person had barged in her rented accommodation and tried to kill her son, she had alleged. The police started investigations but when the complainant was questioned in detail, she broke down and confessed to having made an attempt to finish off her son to clear her way for the second marriage.
"She revealed that she was having an affair with an Italy-based man she wanted to settle down with but he did not want the child. She had called up that man from a PCO soon after assaulting her son," revealed SHO Gopal Singh Goraya.
"From the very beginning we were suspicious of her as there was no circumstantial evidence that supported her statements but as the investigation progressed, she inadvertently provided us lead after lead that helped us crack the case," said the SHO.
Rupinder revealed that she had first smothered her son with her dupatta and then tried to cut his wrist with a knife. Presuming him to be dead she went out to buy milk but when she returned, she found the child alive and writhe with pain. "It moved me and I took him to the civil hospital," she told the police. In the hospital when the doctors asked her as to how the child got hurt, she said someone had tried to kill him. The doctors then informed the police.
The child is out of danger now and is in custody of her maternal grand mother. The SHO revealed that his father and paternal grand parents had been informed but they could get child's custody through court orders only.