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Unable to afford treatment, parents kill baby girl

Last Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 13:53

Agartala: Unable to afford costly treatment for their six-month-old daughter, a daily-wage labourer and his wife strangled her to death and dumped her body in a ditch near their home, Tripura Police said Friday.
Police Thursday arrested Laba Debnath, 53, the father of the ill-fated child, who confessed that he and his wife killed their baby girl Lina and later dumped her in a ditch near their Teliamura home in west Tripura, 55 km northeast of the state capital.

A police official, quoting the girl`s father, said: "The baby had tetanus and also suffered a haemorrhage. Doctors had prescribed medicines that cost Rs.1,500 each day; one injection was priced at Rs.900 per dose."
"Laba Debnath (the girl`s father) told us that the cost of his baby`s treatment was way beyond his means as the sole breadwinner and daily-wage earner having to fend for his five-member family," the official said.

The family had sought the help of the village panchayat and the local administration, but to no avail.


First Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 13:53
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