Bahawalpur: Father tosses baby in canal
BAHAWALPUR: A man threw his son in the canal after his wife initially refused to return home with him on Friday afternoon. According to police officials, Melsi resident Rehana married Abdul Hafeez four years ago but the couple quarrelled often. Neighbours told police that Rehana recently moved out of her husband’s house because he was out of a job and refused to find work. Rehana moved back to her mother’s house in Khairpur.
On Friday, Hafeez reached Khairpur and begged her to return with him. Rehana’s mother Rukhsar Bibi told police that she initially turned him down.
“My daughter eventually agreed to return with him but he still grabbed my grandson and threw him in the canal,” Rukhsar Bibi told police. Rehana said that Hafeez grabbed Zia, 2, and ran outside of the house. Local residents apprehended Hafeez and called the police and rescue teams to the scene.
Police officials arrested Hafeez after he drowned his son. Rescue 1122 officials began to search for Zia but were unable to recover him until Sunday morning, when his body was handed over to the police for an autopsy.
Khairpur station house officer (SHO) told The Express Tribune that a police team had arrested Hafeez and registered an FIR under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).