Stepmom buries 6-year-old alive
NEW DELHI: In what can be termed as a shocking crime of passion, a woman was arrested from her Seemapuri residence on Sunday for burying her six-year-old stepdaughter alive, after stuffing the child's mouth with mud.
The accused, identified as 30-year-old Parveen, a rag picker, has been charged with staging the abduction of her stepdaughter, Shabana, and then murdering her in cold blood last week.
She was apparently angry over the fact that her ex-husband had threatened to leave his property to the little girl. According to police, Shabana had gone missing on May 13 and her father, Mohammad Aziz, had filed a complaint with the Seemapuri police, stating that the child may have been kidnapped.
"Aziz had married Parveen in 1992 and they had four children. Later, they got divorced in 1996, following which, Parveen married one Mohammad Arif. Meanwhile, Aziz married a woman called Nahida and had a daughter," said an officer of Seemapuri police station.
After her second husband got arrested in a case about six months ago, Parveen returned to her mother's home in Seemapuri. It was then that she again started visiting Aziz, who was living alone with his five children after the death of his wife in 2005.
"Parveen used to visit him often. She did not like Shabana as she was her stepdaughter and used to beat her up. Aziz warned her against assaulting Shabana, and about two weeks ago, he threatened to leave his entire property to the little girl," said an officer.
This angered Parveen, and on May 13, she took Shabana to the nearby graveyard in Seemapuri and tried to strangulate her. She then tried to choke Shabana by stuffing her mouth with mud and when the girl lost consciousness, Parveen buried her there.
Before burying the chid, Parveen stripped her of clothes to make it look like a rape. Her semi-buried body was discovered on May 16 by some children playing cricket in the graveyard.
"During post-mortem, some alien matter was found inside Shabana's lungs. The report also confirmed that there was no rape. So, we started questioning the family. We came to know that Parveen had apparently told her elder daughter not to be upset about Shabana's disappearance and wait for the news of her death," said an officer. He added that Parveen admitted to the crime under sustained questioning.