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Bhandup woman held for torturing, killing stepdaughter

  • Bhandup woman held for torturing, killing stepdaughter

    Summary: Pratibha Sawant often considered the six-year-old disabled child a burden on the family; she has been remanded in police custody till Dec 7. The Bhandup police have arrested a 25-year-old woman on the charges of torturing and killing her six-year-old stepdaughter. Pratibha Sawant tried to pass off the murder as natural death since the child, who suffered from physical and mental disabilities, had not been keeping well in the past week, said the police.

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    Pratibha Sawant often considered the six-year-old disabled child a burden on the family; she has been remanded in police custody till Dec 7. The Bhandup police have arrested a 25-year-old woman on the charges of torturing and killing her six-year-old stepdaughter. Pratibha Sawant tried to pass off the murder as natural death since the child, who suffered from physical and mental disabilities, had not been keeping well in the past week, said the police.

    But the injuries on the girl`s body exposed her lies.

    Pratibha, a housewife, lives with her husband Rajesh and in-laws in their third floor flat in Pancharatna apartment in Bhandup (west). Victim Payal and her eight-year-old sister Mayuri, who too is disabled, are from Rajesh`s first marriage.

    Pratibha married Rajesh in 2013, two years after his first wife left him. Quoting family members and witnesses, the police said Pratibha often ill-treated the sisters.

    Source: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/crime/Bhandup-woman-held-for-torturing-killing-stepdaughter/articleshow/50004336.cms


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