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Fearing domestic violence case, Mumbai woman kidnaps her granddaughter

Mumbai city news: The grandmother, a resident of Mumbra, and her niece were arrested on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2017 17:21 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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CCTV footage shows a veiled woman who allegedly kidnapped the child.

To prevent her daughter-in-law from filing a domestic violence case, a 55-year-old woman with the help of her niece allegedly kidnapped her two-year-old granddaughter. The grandmother, a resident of Mumbra, and her niece were arrested on Saturday.

When the child was allegedly abducted from outside her mother’s maiden house by a veiled woman on June 16, the police thought that it was a child trafficking case. But even after 20 days when police informers could not get any clue, the police began questioning the mother’s relatives. During investigation, the police found out that the girl’s mother had separated from her husband.

“She told us that she missed her granddaughter after her son and daughter-in-law separated,” said Nitin Chauhan, assistant inspector from Shivaji Nagar police station.

According to the police, the incident came to light when the mother went to call the child playing outside the house but could not find her. After searching for the whole day, she finally registered a missing persons complaint with the police.

CCTV footage shows a veiled woman carrying a child.

The police recovered CCTV footage from a nearby shop showing a veiled women walking off with the girl in her arms, said an officer. When the police questioned the woman’s in-laws, they denied their role in the abduction. However, the police asked their informers to follow every move of the grandmother.

Informers followed her trail, which led the police to a hotel room in Thane in which the grandmother was found to be nursing the girl, said the officer. The police arrested her on charges of kidnapping.

The arrested woman said that she was attached to her granddaughter and missed her after her son’s separation with his wife. She said she was scared that her daughter-in-law would register a case of domestic violence against her and had threatened her, said the police. The threat and fear prompted the grandmother to hatch a plan with her sister’s daughter. After the abduction, the niece was asked to stay in the hotel room to nurse the child.


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First Published: Jul 16, 2017 17:21 IST