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Man, who preferred son, drowns month-old baby girl

Accused was upset as his second child too turned out to be a girl

In a gruesome incident exposing deep-rooted gender discrimination and preference for sons, a 25-year-old youth allegedly killed his one-month-old daughter, his second girl child, by throwing her into a water sump in Regunta village of Charla mandal in the early hours of Tuesday.

The “cold-blooded murder” of the baby girl at a time when the village is celebrating Navaratri fete, a festival dedicated to Goddess Durga, an epitome of woman power, sparked outrage among the villagers. The irate villagers tied him to a tree and beat him up in a fit of rage, sources said.

According to sources, the accused identified as Suryateja, an autorickshaw driver of Kathigudem, allegedly committed the murder due to his “obsessive preference for son and aversion to girl child.” He reportedly had a tiff with his wife Akhila over phone a few days after the latter gave birth to a baby girl, their second daughter, last month. He went to Akhila’s parents’ home in Regunta late on Monday night and whisked away his one-month-old second daughter while the mother was fast asleep. He allegedly threw the baby in the water sump behind the house in the wee hours of Tuesday. Akhila woke up early in the morning and found her baby missing from the bed.

She along with her mother searched the premises frantically. The duo found the body of the baby floating in the water sump. As the news spread, a group of villagers tracked down Suryateja and thrashed him in full public view.

Moved by the agony of Akhila who sobbed inconsolably, the local women turned their ire on her husband for his alleged atrocious act perpetrated by “patriarchal mindset.” They sought exemplary punishment for the accused to prevent recurrence of such “heinous crimes.” The Charla police examined the scene of offence and registered a case.

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