Step-mother arrested for killing her 2-year-old daughter in Kishtwar

JAMMU (KIMS) — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said to have arrested a step-mother for killing her 2-year-old minor daughter in Keshwan area of Kishtwar district.

Police in a statement said, On 5th May 2023, Police received report from Smt. Ruksana Begum W/o Mohd Amin R/o Village Keshwan about missing of her minor daughter (age 2-years-old) who was last seen with her step mother on 4th May 2023. The family members searched for duo but could neither trace the missing girl nor her step mother namely Zahida Begum.

Based upon complaint of family members, FIR No: 100/2023 U/s 363 IPC was registered at Police Station Kishtwar and investigation taken up. Subsequently Sh. Khalil Poswal-JKPS, SSP Kishtwar constituted a special investigation team under charge of Sh. Ashish Gupta, DySP HQ Kishtwar, Inspector Abid Hussain SHO Kishtwar and Vikram Singh SI Incharge Police Post, Thakrie, the statement said.

The statement said, the police team arrested the suspect lady namely Zahida Begum who during course of sustained interrogation admitted to have committed murder of minor girl and dumped the body of deceased in the forest area.

Accordingly the Police team based upon disclosure of accused, recovered the body minor girl along with the weapon of offence, the statement added.

The statement said, the assistance of FSL, team being taken for collection of evidences on scientific lines adding that the body of the deceased was brought to the District Hospital Kishtwar for conducting autopsy.

Section 302 IPC has been added in the list of alleged offences and the motive behind commission of murder being ascertained by the investigation agency, the statement said. — (KIMS)