Newborn killed by mother in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD, Feb 17: A newborn baby boy was strangled allegedly by his mother and grandmother at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), police said on Thursday.
The police arrested the two women on the charge of killing the newborn. Police sub-inspector Mohammad Ishaque said the baby would be buried at H-11 graveyard on Friday.
He said ST was brought to the emergency ward of the mother and child hospital at Pims by her husband Tariq from Kotli at around 9:30pm on February 15 with the complaints of labour pains. The woman, who was also accompanied by her mother PA, gave birth to an over 2kg healthy son and was shifted to the general ward along with the baby at around 11:40pm.
Shortly afterwards, her husband, a labourer, left the hospital leaving behind the two women with the newborn.
However, at around 2:45am, a doctor came to examine the newborn and found him dead. When the medical staff inquired about the death of the newborn from his mother and grandmother, the latter said her daughter got married with Tariq three months back but delivered a full-term healthy baby boy. She said the baby was a product of illicit relation and, therefore, they eliminated him.
During interrogation of the accused women, it was revealed that PA had taken the newborn in her lap and strangled him. The accused were shifted to the Margalla police station at around 5:30am where a murder case was registered against them on the complaint of the hospital warden.
The accused told the police that ST`s marriage was arranged with Tariq, one of her relatives, after she got pregnant. ST told the police that she became pregnant as a result of extra-marital relation with one of his relatives, a 35-year-old man.
The two women were produced in the court of law from where they were shifted to Adiala Jail on judicial remand. The investigators are also searching the relative of the woman to arrest him on the charge of rape. The IO said the investigators were also trying to arrest the woman`s husband on suspicion that he might be involved in the killing of the newborn.
He said the family of the women was trying to settle the issue by pardoning them; however, in that case it would have to be ascertained who would have the right to pardon. “The baby was murdered by his mother and grandmother and he had no legal father, so the matter of pardon is complicated,” the IO added.
Autopsy conducted on the victim`s body failed to ascertain the cause of death, sources said, adding marks of strangulation were also not found on the victim`s neck. However, autopsy and police experts said a light pressure with a fingertip at the newborn`s respiratory track could have claimed his life. Strangulation by pressure with a fingertip cannot leave behind any marks, the experts added.