Updated: July 9, 2021 10:42:31 pm
TWO PERSONS, one of them a transgender, were arrested Friday for allegedly kidnapping and burying alive a three-month-old girl in a marshy land along the Arabian Sea, the Mumbai Police said. Police have exhumed the body and send it for post mortem to ascertain if the child was sexually assaulted before being killed.
The child’s family, residents of south Mumbai, had allegedly refused to pay the transgender person Rs 2,000 and other valuables after the girl’s birth, and the accused, the police said, had kidnapped and killed her to teach them a lesson.
“The child was sleeping with her parents and minor brother when she was allegedly kidnapped in early Friday,” a police officer said. Around 2 am, her mother woke up to find the child missing and alerted her husband, in-laws, and neighbours.
When the family could not find the baby, they approached the local police station where a case of kidnapping was registered.
“We had named the transgender person as the prime suspect as she had come to our house on Thursday evening and demanded Rs 2,000 and other valuables as a baby girl was born in our house. We did not give the transgender person any money and asked her to come on the day of the child’s naming ceremony, due to which there was a verbal argument between us. The transgender person had threatened us before leaving,” the child’s grandfather said.
Soon after the case was registered, the transgender person went to the police station and surrendered at 7 am. “The accused initially told us that the allegations made by the family were baseless, but later named her accomplice,” an officer said, adding the other accused has also been arrested.
During the probe, the police found that the transgender person had met her accomplice after the spat with the toddler’s family. A senior police inspector said, “The transgender told the accomplice that she was upset because the family had refused to give her money. They then decided to teach them a lesson.”
According to the police, the family had left the door of their house ajar due to the humid weather which allowed the two accused to enter the house and kidnap the baby. “They took the child to a marshy land nearby where the accomplice buried her alive,” the officer added.
The duo later took the investigators to the spot where they had buried the child.
“The body has been exhumed and sent to JJ hospital for post-mortem. We will get the report by 10 am Saturday and it will help us to ascertain whether the toddler was raped before she was killed,” said divisional assistant commissioner of police, adding that preliminary investigation did not indicate that the child was sexually assaulted.
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