Parents held for burying alive newborn girl
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A newborn girl was buried alive within a day of her birth by the parents as she happened to be the third girl child in the family. The gruesome incident of female infanticide took place at Bhatpara village in Murshidabad district. The incident came to light after the neighbours of reported the matter to the police.
Police today arrested the parents — Biswanath Karmakar and his wife Bani Karmakar. Both work was daily wage labourer. The body was exhumed from the backyard of their house in presence of an official of executive magistrate rank. The parents were also present when the body was exhumed.
According to police sources, Bani had given birth to the baby girl on September 4. After seeing that their third child was a girl, the couple decided to kill the baby. Biswanath dug up a pit in the backyard of their house. During interrogation, Biswanath is said to have confessed about commiting the crime and told the police that within hours of the birth of the baby, they buried her in their backyard.
Karmakars had two girls and they were expecting a son this time.
A couple of months ago, the National Human Rights Commission asked the state government to submit a detailed report on cases of female infanticide in Bengal. In the latest census report, the sex ratio in the state has fallen from 927:1000 in 2001 to 914:1000 in West Bengal.
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