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Mother in Mumbai tries black magic to cure 11-year-old daughter, kills her instead

The girl’s parents, Meenakshi Bhekre and Ambaji, and her aunt were arrested and remanded in police custody on Wednesday

mumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2017 13:15 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
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The girl’s mother and aunt being taken to the court on Wednesday.

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly suffocated to death after her mother tried to cure her of a digestive disorder using black magic in Virar (East). The girl’s parents, Meenakshi Bhekre and Ambaji, and her aunt were arrested and remanded in police custody on Wednesday.

Jayant Bajbale, deputy superintendent of Virar police, said the incident took place at 2.30am on Monday when Saniya was sleeping in her house on the fourth floor of Jivdani Prasanna Apartments in Manvelpada.

According to the police, Saniya, a Class 6 student, could not pass stool or urinate for three days. “Chanting mantras, Meenakshi and her sister Madhuri Shinde first sprinkled turmeric and red chilli powder on the girl. Her father was overlooking the act. While Shinde pinned the girl down, Meenakshi covered her mouth with one hand and inserted the fingers of the other hand in her rectum. After this, when Saniya stopped responding, the family panicked and took her to Sanjeevani Hospital in Virar,” said an officer from Virar police.

Doctors declared her brought dead and issued an interim post-mortem report that stated that she had died of heart attack, said the officer. At the time, the police registered a case of accidental death, and her family took Saniya’s body to Raigad and cremated her. However, in the evening, the final post-mortem was released, which stated that the girl had injury marks on her private parts, said Bajbale.

The police then registered a case under sections 302 (murder) and 202 (hiding information) of the Indian Penal Code. The victim’s parents and aunt were arrested on Tuesday. Her brother was briefly detained and questioned.

Bajbale said the police may add another charge under the Maharashtra Anti-black Magic Act.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 23:28 IST