A 40-year-old man threw his two daughters in a canal (leading to the death of one) late last night in Moradnagar here. Vinod Kumar,a scrap-dealer,was reportedly unhappy as he had five daughters,the police said.
He said the five girls were a burden on his meagre income,so he thought of killing at least two, Pramod Kumar,station house officer of the Moradnagar police station,said.
A resident of Meerut,Kumar had shifted to Krishna Nagar area of Moradnagar 15 days ago. Before the incident,Kumar had brought three of his daughters with him,leaving the others with his parents in Meerut.
On Tuesday night,he took Moni (10) and Manisha (5) out for a walk and threw them in the canal next to the Moradnagar police station. The police said he was drunk.
A few policemen sitting outside heard a noise and saw Kumar throwing his daughters, the SHO said. The police called in a diver,but he could save only Manisha,whom Kumar threw in later. We are looking for Monis body, an officer said. Kumar told the police he has been praying for a boy,as he was mocked in his community for having five girls. A case of unintentional murder has been lodged against Kumar,who was sent to judicial custody.