A man allegedly threw a three-month-old baby girl into a fire in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on January 31 after her mother protested against his sexual advances, police said.
Deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Baidyanath Singh said that an FIR has been lodged in connection with the incident.
The man has been booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of IPC, the officer said.
According to the police, the baby received severe burn injuries in her legs and she is being treated at Sadar Hospital.
The incident took place in Bochahan police station area when the woman was sitting outside her home near a bonfire. The man sat beside the woman and tried to sexually harass her, which she opposed. The man got angry, so he snatched the baby from the woman’s lap and threw her into the fire, causing severe burn injuries to the baby, police added.
The investigation is underway, he added.
The woman’s husband alleged that the local police station did not lodge an FIR at first, following which he approached senior superintendent of police Jayant Kant.
The police started the investigation on the SSP’s intervention, he said, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.