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Two-year-old boy drowned by relative

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The victim, Gishnu
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The victim, Gishnu

In an attempt to remove a ‘curse’ that was haunting her family, a 35-year-old woman killed her nephew’s two-and-a-half-year-old son, by holding him down in a tub full of water.

The gruesome killing that took place on Tuesday in BV Colony, MKB Nagar, only came to light on Saturday, after a witness approached the police. Police said that the child, Gishnu, was the only son of Senthil Kumar, a mason, and Geetha, residents of 27th Street, BV Colony.

Maheswari, Senthil’s aunt, lived in a portion of the couple’s home, and used to look after Gishnu when his parents were out.

On Tuesday, both Senthil and Geetha were not at home. In the afternoon, neighbours heard Maheswari raise an alarm, saying that Gishnu had accidentally drowned in a 3-ft. plastic tub, in the bathroom of a neighbour, Sophia. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The body was cremated the next day.

However, on Saturday, Sophia approached the MKB Nagar police and told them the child had been brutally murdered.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Sophia said she had seen Maheswari push the boy into the tub of water. “I saw the killing but I was too scared to go to the police then. Later, I told my husband about it and he encouraged me to report it,” she said.

Based on her complaint, police arrested Maheswari. She confessed to the killing and also admitted to covering it up to make it look like an accident.

“Maheswari said last Sunday, she had seen a fortune-teller who had told her he would help eliminate a curse on the family that was causing a rift amongst its members. He gave her a charm that she hung on her thali chain. She claims she then went into a trance and committed the murder,” said S. Jayakumar, additional commissioner of police (Pulianthope).

Police are on the lookout for the fortune-teller.

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If breaking a coconut or Pumpkin will please god, if offering the life of goat or buffalo will please God then offering a human life should please HIM even more. There are any number of stories of God asking for such sacrifices which is in our "so-called sacred books". That is the reason/logic behind these hapless murderers.

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 00:13 IST

I really find hard to digest this news.Yesterday I read many voices
against death penalty which was an outcome response to Bhullar
case.After reading this incident I am of the view to condemn maximum
punishment(Death Penalty) to both the accused. How can the accused of
this incident be absolved even if they were to be handed a life term by
our judiciary?.How come people in our country are such ignorant?

from:  Peter rajasekar J
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 20:38 IST

How come the woman could kill such a innocent and beautiful kid. What life this is. Not able to understand what humans do

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 14:36 IST

please arrest that foreteller too and put him behind the bars for ever
along this lady

from:  nizam
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 IST

Stupid and devilish fake-science astrology is spoiling the life of
millions in the country. Any advt or propagation of astrology in media
should be legislated as a crime deserving severe punishment.

from:  Christo Chiramukhathu
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 10:55 IST
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