A woman brutally murdered her foster daughter and later attempted suicide on Monday, two days after alleging that her husband had tried to rape the child.
Sakshi repeatedly hit her foster daughter, Meena, on the neck with a sharp-edged weapon leading to her death. Sakshi then slit her wrists and attempted suicide. She is in a critical condition at a local hospital.
There was shock in the Batala Road area around 8:30pm when this bloodshed took place. Police have recovered a 'written note' from the crime spot, but refused to give out details.
"Sakshi and her husband Ramesh had no child, so they adopted his brother's daughter, Meena," Amritsar police commissioner RP Mittal said. "Two days ago, Sakshi had said that her husband tried to rape Meena. Following this, we registered a case against Ramesh and arrested him."
"On Monday night, we got information that Sakshi had murdered her daughter and tried to commit suicide," Mittal said.
"We are registering a case against Sakshi under Section 302 (murder) and Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the Indian Penal Code."
Responding to a question, the police commissioner said, "We have found a written note, but we are still verifying it."
Talking to the media from her hospital bed, Sakshi said: "After I lodged a complaint against my husband I had to face taunts from people around me that I framed my husband. I could not tolerate this and decided to kill myself and Meena."
The girl's body was wrapped in a bed sheet and taken to the mortuary. The post-mortem will be conducted on Tuesday.