A Mumbai woman suspected of killing her daughter for allegedly being in a relationship with her father has been arrested, Hindustan Times reported.
Police said the 36-year-old woman, a resident of Navi Mumbai, strangled her 16-year-old daughter with a dupatta on March 4 at home. The woman then called her husband and told him their daughter had not been feeling well. The father found the girl dead upon returning as neighbours alerted police about the incident.
“We saw some marks on the deceased’s neck that day itself, but due to lack of concrete evidence, we registered a case of accidental death. We then sent the body for a post-mortem. The report has confirmed that the deceased was strangled to death,” SI Dilip Kale said.
Police said the girl was killed on March 4 and a probe was underway to ascertain the father’s role in the incident. Officials were also looking into whether the minor had been sexually assaulted by him, police said. The father of the deceased, a contractor, is yet to be arrested.
“We are not certain if the woman’s suspicions were true. There may be some other reason behind the murder,” a senior police official said.
After autopsy, police handed over the body of the deceased to her parents. They then took the body to their hometown in Rajasthan for final rites. By the time they returned, a report confirming that their daughter had been killed was compiled.
“When they returned on March 21, we summoned them for interrogation. The woman confessed, so we arrested her. She has been booked under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code,” Kale said.