IT engineer throws his ‘unwanted’ newborn into well,returns to bed

BITS Pilani topper tried to get his wife to abort,charged with murder of 4-day-old girl

Written by Gopu Mohan | Chennai | Published: March 14, 2009 12:58 am

At first he attempted to get his wife abort her pregnancy under the cover of a medical check-up. She refused,moving from Bangalore to her mother’s home in Chennai and delivered a baby girl four days ago. He reached Chennai yesterday and,after playing with the child in the evening,allegedly threw her into a 30-feet deep well past midnight when his wife was fast asleep. He then returned to bed. The four-day-old child’s body was recovered this morning after the father owned up,police said.

“I didn’t want a child now. I had told all of them about this many,many times,” Niranjan Kumar,a software engineer with a leading IT company in Bangalore,told Chennai police officials who arrested him this morning. None understood his assertion about not having a child for the next two-three years; not his or her parents,not even his wife Sangeetha,he told police.

Niranjan (30),said to be a gold medallist in Mechanical Engineering from BITS,Pilani,and Sangeetha (25),a BE graduate,got married last year and settled in Bangalore where he worked. Keen to pursue his career and higher education,he insisted on not having a child for the next few years. Police suspect he also wanted to spend enough time with his wife before her attention was grabbed by a child. But she conceived within three months of their marriage.

Sangeetha realised he was serious about not wanting a child when he tried to get an abortion done on the pretext of taking her for a check-up. She refused and informed her parents. Relatives said her mother Maragatham rushed to Bangalore to fetch her.

Not being able to come to terms with the reality of a child,Niranjan refused to meet Sangeetha in the months before the delivery,even feigning an official trip to China to avoid visiting Chennai to see her,said her relatives. He never called,never mailed — communication was restricted to infrequent chats.

The child was born on March 9 at a private clinic in Chennai. “Niranjan was forcefully brought here from Bangalore by her relatives yesterday morning. But he did not go to the hospital. He saw Sangeetha and his daughter only after the two were discharged and brought home in the afternoon,” said Assistant Commissioner Alphonse Rozario.

Both his and Sangeetha’s family expected that his attitude would change once he saw the baby. To his wife and parents,Niranjan appeared normal and played with the child in the evening. At night,he even insisted on sleeping on the floor for her safety,even joking that this was one reason why he did not want to have a child immediately.

“At night,when everyone went to sleep,Niranjan threw the child into a well in their compound. The post-mortem says the time of her death was around 1.30 in the morning,” Rozario said. Niranjan then went back to bed. “When Sangeetha woke him up and asked him about their daughter,he said he threw the child in the well. No one believed him,he also said he had hidden her in a cupboard,” a relative said. Sangeetha’s father Balasubramani alerted the police and fire and rescue personnel around 4 am.

The body was fished out from the well. The child had been dead for hours,confirmed also by the medical report from the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. “We asked him why didn’t he give the child for adoption. He said,nobody understands my views,not even my wife,” an official said.

Police believe Niranjan is of sound mind though his parents have claimed that he has been under treatment for depression. He has been charged with murder and remanded to judicial custody.

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