A disappointed grandfather kills his own grandchild because she was a girl. He stuffed the infant’s mouth with paddy grains and choked her to death. This cruel incident happened in a village at Telanagana on Sunday. The accused identified as Bheechya killed the newborn baby as he expected a boy child. The girl child was born on September 4 and weighed 2.4 kg at birth. She was born healthy with no complications. She is the second girl child born to her mother. The next day, the mother returned to the house with the baby. But, Bheechya was all upset about gender.
Authorities stated that on September 8, Bheechya committed the crime and buried her body in a nearby field. He later told the neighborhood that the child died of ill-health. The local residents became suspicious and informed Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) officials, who stepped in to investigate. On Monday, a delegation including Thirupathi Reddy, Tahsildar Gujjula Ravinder Reddy and Sub-Inspector J Lakshman Rao visited the village and questioned the residents of the village. They dug out the infant’s body from where it has been buried.
“We collected all the information and filed a police complaint. We will exhume the body of the infant on Tuesday and postmortem will be conducted to find out the cause of the death. Collector M. Haritha has directed us to take stringent action against the accused if found guilty,” said Thirupathi Reddy. Meanwhile, to the female infanticide, activist Achyuta Rao of the Balala Hakkula Sangham, a child rights organization, demanded strict action against the accused.