A 30-year-old woman has allegedly murdered her six-year-old son in Palakkad district in Kerala and then reported the matter to police.
Shahida, who is pregnant, called the 112 emergency control room in Palakkad between 3 and 4 am on February 7 and told the police that she had sacrificed her son to ‘please Allah’.
A police team was deputed to her house. Upon arriving, the cops found Shahida waiting for them at the gate, with blood on her body. They immediately rushed inside and found the child lying dead with his throat slit in the bathroom. After this, the cops took Shahida into custody and sent the child’s body for post-mortem examination.
According to reports, Shahida’s husband Sulaiman and two other children were sleeping in the bedroom, and are believed to have been unaware of the murder.
Shahida is three months pregnant. She is a teacher in a local madrasa, while her husband Sulaiman, a Gulf returnee, works as a driver.
Some neighbours claimed that she had taken the local police station’s phone number from one of them a day ago.
As per the First Information Report filed at the Palakkad South police station, the mother said she murdered her child as a sacrifice to ‘Allah’ in order to please him. She has been booked under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
“What is mentioned in the FIR is what the mother told the police control room. Only after a thorough investigation can we conclude whether that was indeed the reason or whether there are other reasons” the SP said.