Nagpur : A 19-year-old unwed pregnant girl was allegedly strangled to death by her mother in what appears to be the city’s first honour killing case. The incident took place at Ambedkar Nagar near Dattawadi on late Thursday night. Wadi police arrested the accused, Muktabai Meshram (45), on Friday. She has been remanded in police custody until July 21. The family had almost performed last rites of the three-month pregnant deceased, Ankita, when police intervened. Ankita, a school dropout, was in deep sleep when Muktabai strangled her. The two had had a tiff earlier in the day.
Muktabai, shocked after realizing that her unwed daughter was pregnant, had vehemently opposed it. She wanted to know about the man behind Ankita’s pregnancy and was also keen to have it terminated. She was also furious after coming to know about Ankita’s boyfriend Nishant Khandare, who stays in the neighbourhood. Muktabai had also roughed up her daughter during the quarrel.
She had asked the girl to terminate the pregnancy, but she refused to do so. Fearing that her pregnancy would harm the reputation of the family, Muktabai decided to kill her daughter, the statement said.
Muktabai allegedly strangulated her daughter with a dupatta at their house around two days ago. The accused allegedly tried to destroy the evidence by attempting to cremate her body with the support of other family members, the release said.
Police said some unidentified persons from the locality informed them that the girl had died under suspicious circumstances.
A team of Wadi Police Station led by Woman Sub-Inspector S Kutemate visited the crime spot and suspected foul play. The body was sent for autopsy which revealed that the girl was three-months pregnant and died of strangulation, police said.
The police interrogated the family after which Muktabai broke down and confessed to have killed the girl, the release said.
Muktabai was yesterday arrested and a case under section 302 (murder) of the IPC was registered, it said, adding that further investigations were on.
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