Upset over giving birth to a second girl child, a 30-year-old woman in the Indian state of Punjab allegedly killed her older four-year-old daughter by banging her head against a wall on Saturday. The shocking incident happened in Ludhiana district.
According to Indian news reports, the woman named Priyanka, married to a migrant labourer named Tinku Yadav from Bihar, gave birth to her second daughter two months ago.
A police official said: “The woman was upset because she did not have a son.”
Her husband, Tinku, told the police that following the birth of her second child, Priyanka would always remain upset and quarrel over the smallest issue.
Tinku told the police that on Saturday morning, Priyanka went up to the terrace of the house, where the bathroom is located. She called Darpan, her elder daughter, to bring her some shampoo. But, when the child took the shampoo to the mother, her mother started hitting the child’s head on the wall, a news report said.
"She thrashed her 4-year-old daughter to death by hitting her against the wall and the floor of her bathroom in her house at Navneet Nagar in Salem Tabri locality," a police official said.
The neighbours heard the girl screaming and reached the couple's house and knocked at their door. Concerned, Tinku ran up to the terrace but found his wife standing over their daughter’s motionless body. The wall and the floor were stained with blood.
The child had died on the spot.
According to a report by the Indian news agency Press Trust of India, Joint Commissioner of Police Bhagirath Meena said that the police arrested the woman and charged her with murder.