Father kills 1 month old baby to divorce child’s mother and marry second wife

A month-old baby in India was killed by his father who thought his child would be a hurdle to his second marriage.

The incident took place in the northern Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Local police identified the suspect as Mohammad Suleman and said the suspect ran away from home with his child on October 13. He later threw the baby into his village from a height. The little boy died on the spot. The exact location where the child was thrown was not disclosed, Greater Kashmir reported on Sunday.

Police received a tip regarding the incident and dispatched a team to locate the child’s body. The defendant, who fled the scene after the child was killed, was arrested within 24 hours of the crime.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man wanted to marry another woman and thought the baby could cause a problem in his second marriage. He also believed that his first wife might not want to divorce him because of the child.

“The defendant is currently in police custody and was also sent by the court at the request of the police, and the investigative team at Rajouri Police Station is questioning him to establish all aspects related to this case,” police officials said.

Senior police official Mohammad Aslam confirmed the motive for the killing, saying the accused decided to kill his own son “so that his path would be clear to divorce his current wife and marry someone else”.

The child’s mother asked the police to punish her husband for the inhuman act.

Last week a father was accused of killing his 14-year-old daughter as part of an occult ritual in India. The man believed his teenage daughter was “possessed by a ghost”.

The defendant, identified as Bhavesh Akbari, decided to perform an exorcism to rid her daughter of the “ghost”.

Akbari made his daughter wear old clothes and took her to a field in their village in the western Indian state of Gujarat, where he and another man beat her. The teenager eventually died due to extreme torture.

“We have charged the two brothers with murder and arrested them. We have also arrested a suspect who we believe is linked to the ritual the two brothers performed to get rid of the evil spirit,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express last Thursday.

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