On Friday, a 14-day-old baby was thrown from a third-floor apartment in Hyderabad by his own mother. The child died on the spot. The incident that took place at Erragadda in Sanathnagar came to light on Sunday.
The accused mother has been Identified as 27-year-old N Lavanya. Currently, she has been taken into custody and booked for murder.
According to the police, the woman had an estranged relationship with her husband, however, after intervention by relatives, she started living with her husband and conceived their second child. The couple already has a 3-year-old child.
On Friday, she had a tiff with her husband and allegedly consumed some substance in a bid to end her life. This is when she threw her newborn child from the third floor.
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Speaking to the media, the police said that the woman and her husband Venugopal were living with the latter’s parents since marriage in 2016, but had a troubled relationship. Six-months ago, Lavanya became pregnant again and had briefly returned to her parent’s home, stating that she was unable to do the household work alone at her husband’s home.
On October 29, the couple had a fight and Lavanya attempted to take her life, the police said. She was rushed to a hospital where she underwent treatment. She gave birth to a baby boy on October 30 and after being discharged, moved back to her parent’s home after which her family registered a complaint with the police against Venugopal.
On November 13, at around 7 am, Lavanya allegedly threw the baby. Venugopal was informed about the incident at 10 am by his brother-in-law and reported the incident to the Sanathnagar police, following which a case was registered under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for murder.
We came across many comments on social media sympathising with the accused woman. This is when we say how women get a free pass even after committing a murder. Reverse the genders and question if a man would be pardoned for killing his child on the pretext of having an alleged troubled marriage.