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Navi Mumbai girl wrote SSC exam, a day before mother killed over ‘affair with father’

mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2018 12:31 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times
Navi Mumbai,Navi Mumbai crime,Teen murder

The police arrested the 36-year-old mother on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old girl from Kharghar, allegedly killed by her mother who suspected she was in a sexual relationship with her father, had appeared in the ongoing SSC exams just a day before her death.

She wrote the Marathi language paper on March 3, a day before she was strangled to death with a dupatta, the police said.

The incident came to light after the post-mortem report revealed that the teen had been strangled. The couple has three other children.

The police said they have not found any evidence to prove that the 39-year-old father, a civil contractor, had a sexual relationship with the minor girl.

The police arrested the 36-year-old mother on Wednesday. She has been remanded in police custody till March 27.

According to the police, the mother strangled the girl when no one else was at home on March 4. She called her husband to inform him that the girl was not well. On reaching home, he found her dead. Some of their neighbours informed the police about the incident.

“I saw red marks on the girl’s neck and found something amiss, but owing to lack of concrete evidence, we had to keep quiet at the time,” said Dilip Kale, senior inspector of Kharghar police station.

After the post-mortem, the police handed over her body and the parents took it to their native place in Rajasthan for the final rites. The post-mortem report later revealed that the girl was strangled to death.

“When the parents returned from Rajasthan on Wednesday, we summoned them,” Kale said.

“From the girl’s classmates, we have learned that she was being tortured by her mother for the past six months because of her suspicions,” Kale said. “Because of the torture, she had also tried to commit suicide twice.”

The police also conducted a search operation at the family’s house on Thursday, said an officer.

First Published: Mar 24, 2018 00:50 IST