A 41-year-old woman allegedly murdered her two minor daughters by slitting their throats with broken glass after suspecting that her husband was “sexually harassing” the elder one, police said on Thursday.
The woman, a housewife, identified as Rajani, broke a glass bottle and slit throats of her two daughters aged eight and three, Wednesday night at her residence in Teacher’s Colony and left the house, Tukaramgate Police Station Inspector T Laxmi Narayana.
Both girls died on the spot, he said.
Her husband, Vinay, a businessman, who returned to the house at around 9.30 PM, did not find his wife but noticed the bodies of his daughters lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom and informed the police, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Gopalpuram Division) K Shiva Kumar said.
“After the incident the woman went to Tank Bund and washed her hands and legs and walked back to their house and surrendered before the police. After questioning she confessed of killing her daughters and subsequently she was placed under arrest,” the ACP said.
She suspected that her husband had allegedly been sexually harassing their elder daughter, an LKG student, for the past six months, the Inspector said, adding, the woman had also confronted her husband over the matter, but he had denied the charge.
“The woman became suspicious after seeing that her elder daughter used to get scared on seeing her father. She had a feeling that her husband sexually harassed their elder daughter,” he said.
The woman, after washing her hands and legs after the incident had felt relieved from the “stress” that her husband would no longer sexually harass her daughters, the ACP said.
“Based on preliminary investigation and after questioning Vinay, we did not find any concrete evidence as of now to prove the allegations levelled against him (Vinay),” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone) N Prakash Reddy said the body of the girl was sent for medical examination to ascertain if she was sexually assaulted and the report is awaited.
“He (Vinay) has been let off after his examination. If any evidence is available we will take further action accordingly,” he said.
The woman, in the meanwhile, is being produced before a local court seeking her judicial remand. A case was booked under section 302 (murder) of IPC and probe is on.