Spurned by a man she wanted to marry, a woman has allegedly killed his two-year-old nephew. The murder occurred when she put the nephew into a washing machine. This incident took place in Punjab’s Kapurthala district, police said on Wednesday.
The boy, Adhiraj, was found lying motionless in the washing machine at the house of the woman who lives in the neighbourhood, Kotwali police station in-charge Satpal Singh said over phone.
The child was rushed to a hospital but was declared on arrival. The accused, Manpreet Kaur, has been arrested and a murder charge registered, Singh said.
Kaur was in a relationship with the boy’s maternal uncle. It was the thought of him marrying someone else, according to the inspector. “She killed the child in a desperate bid that her lover’s marriage would be postponed.”
The boy had come with his mother and four-year-old brother to attend his uncle’s wedding, which was scheduled on Sunday.
Adhiraj, his brother and another girl from the neighbourhood went into the woman’s house while they were playing on Tuesday afternoon. Though two of them returned, Adhiraj went missing, the officer said.
After the boy’s family failed to trace him, they approached the police, which got a clue on the basis of footage from CCTV camera installed in the area. It showed the three children entering the neighbourhood house, but only two coming out from there, the officer added.