Police in Gujarat have arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed his 3-day-old daughter to death since he wanted a son.
The man, identified as Vishnu Kanuji Rathod, has now been arrested. Rathod stabbed his new-born daughter to death in his in-laws’ place in Moti Masang village in Dehgam taluka of the state capital, Gandhinagar.
Rathod, according to police, was in rage after he saw the infant and his wife Vimla. “The complainant is the girl’s mother, Vimla,” deputy superintendent of police, Gandhinagar, Vijay Patel was quoted by Times of India. He added, “Vishnu stabbed the baby so viciously that her internal organs spilled out of her body.”
According to local media reports, after killing the baby, Rathod tried to flee but was caught by his in-laws., who handed him to police. Vimla took the baby to Gandhinagar Civil Hospital, which referred her to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, where the infant underwent surgeries but could succumbed to her injuries.
“The baby was brought to us in a severe condition and was immediately rushed into surgery. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injury at around 8.15 pm,” a doctor at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital said.
According to government data, there are 919 females against 1,000 males in Gujarat, which is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to a report by Niti Aayog earlier this year, the sex ratio at birth of 848 between 2014 and 2016 was one of the lowest ever recorded by Gujarat.