A woman killed her neighbour’s 3-year-old on the advice of a shaman, then stuffed his body in a plastic bag and dumped it on the roof of a building in capital New Delhi, the police said on Sunday.
The 25-year-old woman, who has been arrested, told police that she was under a lot of pressure to conceive a child and was being taunted by her relatives which led her to approach an occultist who suggested her to sacrifice a child to please the gods.
Neelam Gupta then killed her neighbour’s son and stuffed his body in the plastic bag, the police said.
She told the police that she got married in 2013 but could not bear a child despite consulting doctors. So she went to an occultist four years back at her native village in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi who suggested that she should sacrifice a child if she wanted to conceive, a senior police officer said.
The incident came to light on Saturday after the missing boy’s parents approached the police with a complaint following which a thorough search was carried out by the police to trace the child.
During the search operation, one of the staff noticed a bag on the roof of the adjacent house. When it was opened, the body of the missing child with injury marks on his neck was recovered. Prima facie observation revealed that the boy was strangled, the senior police officer said.
When questioned, Neelam initially tried to mislead the police but later confessed that she had killed the boy when he was playing alone on the roof.