The police on Saturday registered an FIR at the Kacha Khu police station against a man for burying his newborn daughter alive.
Chaand Khan admitted to committing the harrowing murder a day after killing his two-day-old daughter for not “liking her looks.” The FIR was registered following an application by Muhammad Aslam, a resident of the Kacha Khu area in Khanewal, who is also the local official in-charge of revenue collection.
The grave of the infant will be excavated on Monday, in the presence of police officials and residents of the area, particularly the deceased child’s mother, on the orders of a Khanewal sessions court judge, Justice karam Elahi.
The victim’s uncle, Laal Khan, and brother, Shehbaz, are also among the accused but have been released by the police. The child’s mother Rubeena, who still was at the hospital at the time of the murder, has also been discharged.
Chaand Khan appeared to be quite nonchalant while talking to The Express Tribune. “I would have been dishonoured if I had let her live. People would have definitely asked me why the baby had such an ugly face and that I should ask my wife the reason. As a result, I buried her alive.” Residents of the area are outraged and have demanded the police to severely reprimand the offender. The police, however, said they will let the law take its course.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2012.
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