Son killed for Kali

Father says goddess ordered him to do so

 In a shocking incident, a man allegedly beheaded his eight-month-old son in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, about 40 kilometres from here, on the ‘orders of the goddess’.

The culprit, identified as Rajkumar alias Hemant, who tried to escape after killing the infant but the locals caught him and handed over to the police. The incident occurred at Narainipur village in the district on Wednesday, according to police.

Hemant’s wife said she saw her husband hitting her son with an axe twice on his neck. As she rushed to save her son, Hemant fled from the spot.

The grieving wife said she had married Hemant four years back.  Hemant told police that he killed his son after being ‘ordered to do so by the Goddess Kali’.

“Hemant had planned to kill the infant soon after his birth. He thought that the sacrifice will bring happiness in the lives of the childless couples, who visited the Goddess Kali temple,” police said.

The police had sent Hemant for medical examination to ascertain if he was ‘mentally imbalanced’.

Incidents of sacrifice in UP towns have been a regular occurrence.

Only recently a youth killed himself by cutting his neck with a sharp edged weapon at a famous temple in Sitapur district.

Similarly, two persons were hacked to death by their own brother in Gonda district a few days back in suspicion that the two, under the influence of some evil spirits, had killed his son.

A few months back a nine-year-old girl had been pushed into a ditch in fields in Gonda district by her uncle, who also said he had killed the girl on the orders of the goddess to become rich.

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