Friday, April 18, 2008

Father kills 2 babies, makes suicide attempt

A father drowned his two infant daughters in a pond and made a suicide attempt afterwards at Paschimbhag village in Puthia upazila yesterday.

Locals retrieved the dead bodies from the pond and found the father, Bablur Rahman, 35, beside the pond in a critical state. He is currently undergoing treatment for poisoning at Puthia Health Complex.

The victims are identified as Rehana, 1-½, and Sohana, 3.

Bablu used to be a day labourer until he sustained back injury a few months back. As the injury rendered him incapable of supporting his family -- wife, a son and two daughters, he had been staying at his mother-in-law's house at Dasmaria, said his relatives and locals. The living child, Shajib, 10, is a student of local Brac School, they added.

They also said remorse and guilt for not being able to provide for the family might be behind Bablu's actions.

Asela, Bablu's wife, said he looked distressed in the past several days when he often told her, "What can I do? I cannot run my family and cannot even provide for my children."

Asela's mother, Hazera Begum, said as her daughter and Babul had been in severe hardship, she brought them and their three children along to stay with her.

However, Khaled Mamun Chowdhury, upazila nirbahi officer of Puthia and Jasim Uddin, officer-in-charge (OC) of Puthia Police Station, claimed that Bablu had genetic mental disorder that led him to kill his little girls.

"His brothers and cousins are also insane," said OC Jasim.

At around 10am, Bablu took the two girls out with Tk 40 from his mother-in-law, saying that he would buy them sweets, said Hazera.

Bablu took off his clothes, wrapped up the two girls in his lungi and pushed them down into the pond with a banana trunk, locals said adding that he then drank poison that he had bought with the money.

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