Lucknow: A woman in Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh allegedly sliced off the tongue of her neighbour`s four-month-old daughter Wednesday after a godman told her it would make her rich.
Manju Devi, 35, a resident of the Siswan village, committed the act on the directions of a self-professed godman who was visiting her house regularly for the past few weeks, police said.
Locals found the four-month-old girl Mansi inside Devi`s house, lying near a `havan kund` (ceremonial fireplace).
Devi and her family members are absconding.
"The girl was bleeding profusely at the time she was recovered from Manju Devi`s house. She has been hospitalised and her condition is stated to be critical," police inspector H.C. Bharti told reporters Thursday in Maharajganj, some 300 km from Lucknow.