Murder case against KEM baby’s mother
Deepika Parmar, 28, who allegedly threw her infant daughter to her death at KEM Hospital on Tuesday, has been charged with murder.mumbai Updated: Oct 28, 2010 01:17 IST
Deepika Parmar, 28, who allegedly threw her infant daughter to her death at KEM Hospital on Tuesday, has been charged with murder.
The Bhoiwada police registered the case against the woman on Wednesday after she threw her one-and-a-half-month-old daughter, a twin, from the ground floor toilet window. The child died of head injuries.
On Tuesday, the police had only registered a case under Section 317 of the IPC (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person having care of it).
Additional commissioner of police (central Region), Vineet Agarwal, said, “We have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) against Deepika, based on investigations. We will not be arresting her at the moment, keeping in mind the human aspect of the situation.”
He added, “We will be sending her for psychiatric treatment, which may help her.”
When questioned about the impact on the case if medical reports prove that Deepika was mentally unsound when the incident happened, he said, “It would be for the court to decide if they can give her the benefit of doubt.”
He added, “We would also be investigating if Deepika was under any sort of pressure. Currently, both she and her husband are traumatised, so, apart from the initial questioning we did not probe further.”
The incident took place early Tuesday morning, when Deepika told hospital staff that her girl twin was missing. When the staff checked CCTV footage from cameras installed at the hospital, they were shocked to see Deepika leave the ward with her baby and return later without her. The baby was finally found in a gutter in the compound. During questioning, Deepika confessed that she threw her daughter to her death.
Deepika had given birth to twins – a boy and a girl – prematurely in September. The children were underweight and were treated at various hospitals before being taken to KEM. Deepika’s husband Manish is a tailor by profession and the family resides at Dahisar.