Kolkata: A slum-dweller of Shyambazar has been arrested for plotting and executing the murder of her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, said a report on Friday. The Times of India quoted the police as saying that the culprit, Mani, had an illicit affair with a 16-year-old boy who allegedly strangulated the child on August 29 before dumping her into a manhole. The child’s body was recovered on September 1.

The mother had initially raised an alarm over her ‘missing child’ and had complained that a drug addict had tried to murder her. The police have apprehended her ‘minor lover’. During questioning, the youth said the two wanted to live together and felt the child was the biggest obstacle in their path. The woman’s husband is reportedly a drunkard and never helped her raise the girl.

A couple of days ago in Uri, J-K, a 14-year-old boy along with his three friends allegedly gang-raped his nine-year-old stepsister in Kashmir’s Baramulla, said the police on Wednesday. When police recovered the decomposed body of the girl, they found her eyes had been gouged out and the body was burnt with acid. The body was recovered last Sunday from a forest near the girl’s home in Uri, said the police. The child’s stepmother was found to have instigated her 14-year-old son to commit the crime. Baramulla SSP Mir Imtiyaz Hussain reportedly said, “We started the investigation immediately.”

In January this year, an eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal community was kidnapped, drugged and kept in the temple managed by Sanji Ram. She was repeatedly drugged and gangraped. The investigation into the Kathua rape case stated that the sole motive behind the crime was to drive away the Muslim Bakarwal community from the Hiranagar tehsil.