Assam Horror: Mother Kills 4-Year Old Girl Child, Floating Body Found By Aunt

Assam Horror: Mother Kills 4-Year Old Girl Child, Floating Body Found By Aunt

Though Assam has not been known to be averse to the girl child, this recent incident and a few others seem to be indicating at a change in the peoples' mindset

Salguri, Sibsagar: The residents of No 2 Salguri village near Sibsagar, Assam woke up to a piece of horrific news on Sunday (June 6) morning. One of the residents (who happens to be the dead child's aunt) found the body of a four-year-old child floating in the pond nearby. What is worse, the mother of the girl child has been accused of killing the minor.

Narrating the incident, one of the villagers said that the body of Tridisha Nath was spotted by her aunt when she had gone to take bath in the early morning hours. The lady was shocked to see the girl child's body floating and alerted the family.

According to the villager, the father of the child was still sleeping when the body was found at around 5 am on Sunday (June 6).

"We suspect that the mother picked the child up while the child was still sleeping and drowned her in the pond. The father is a daily labourer. We do not think he was even aware that his daughter has been killed," the villager said.

When police reached the spot, they found the slippers of the mother by the side of the pond. She was missing. The police managed to find her. She is now in police custody.

Thee body of the child has been sent for postmortem. The mother has been arrested and an investigation is underway.

However, Sivasagar police have arrested the accused mother and one more man within 12 hours of murder. The Twitter handle of Sivasagar police tweeted, "Sensational murder case of one five year old baby of Joysagar cracked within 12 hours. Accused woman, the mother of baby and one more arrested. The woman has confessed her crime."

Though Assam is not known to be intolerant towards girl child, instances like this one reported from Sibsagar is being seen as an instance of changing trends in the state.

In 2020, a total of 216 child abuse cases have been registered in Assam. Of these, 113 cases were related to sexual abuse of children, 13 cases were related to child labour, three of abduction, 47 cases of child marriage and another 40 other cases of other offences against children, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights data showed. Assam's child sex ratio as per the 2011 census is 962 girls per 1000 boys.

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