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Suspected female infanticide : two-week-old girl baby buried in riverbed

Chennai, Nov 5 (UNI)In a suspected case of female infanticide, a newly born girl infant was found buried at the Thenpennaiyar river bed near Tirukovilur in Villuppuram district of Tamil Nadu today.

Reports received at the police headquarters here said the infant’s father was arrested for committing the crime. Police said 21-year-old Soundarya, who was married to Varadarajan 15 months back, were blessed with a girl child two weeks back.

The woman gave birth to the child at Jipmer in Puducherry. Police said Varadarajan was downcast over the birth of the baby girl. In a fit of rage, he took the baby, which was sleeping near her mother last night, wrapped it in a cloth and buried it at the riverbed.

In the wee hours of today, Soundarya woke up and found the infant missing. After she raised an alarm, locals and police launched a search and finally found the body buried in the riverbed, leading to the arrest of Varadarajan.

The body has been exhumed and sent to government hospital.