Couple Buries Newborn Girl Child In Tamil Nadu: A couple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, went missing along with their two daughters after allegedly burying their newborn girl in the Madurai district. The girl was six-day-old and female infanticide is suspected by the local health officials. According to the accused, they buried the infant after she was reported dead.
However, this was not informed to the local health officials, who alerted the police over a possible case of female infanticide and the mysterious death of the newborn girl. According to the Indian Express report, the parents, 30-year-old O Muthupandi and 23-year-old Kowsalya, had a healthy child at the Sedapatti Primary Health Centre on December 21. The nurse went to check on the mother, Kowsalya, and the child on December 26. But could not find the baby, after which the incident came to light.
The couple informed the nurse that since the baby died, they buried her in front of the house. It was the nurse who informed the police about this. The police officers investigating the case said that the authorities may exhume the body and a post-mortem will be conducted to understand and be certain about the cause of the death.
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The New Indian Express reported that the parents went missing after the health officials started the probe on the death of the infant. They along with their daughters fled leaving behind Muthupandi’s bedridden father, Ochu. The police have questioned him. According to TNIE, the incident took place at Peraiyur of the Perambalur district in Tamil Nadu.
The police have registered a case against the parents under section 318 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for secretly burying the body of the infant. The investigation in the case is still on.
The Superintendent of Police V Baskaran said, “We can’t conclude of this is a case of female infanticide. We will have to wait for the postmortem report.” The Child Welfare Committee and District Child Protection Unit have also directed an inquiry on the case.