Unwed mother gets life term for strangulating her new-born babe
(Chhattisgarh): A Chhattisgarh court has sentenced an unwed mother to life
imprisonment, while awarded three-year rigorous imprisonment to her mother, for
allegedly strangulating the new-born babe and hiding the body in the chamber of
According to sources,
the director of Aditya Nursing Home of Ganjpara Dr Jyoti Kalikoti, had lodged a
report in the police station that body of an unknown newly-born babe was found
in the chamber of the toilet, when the employees opened the lid of the chamber
because of overflowing of water in the bathroom.
The body was taken out
and kept intact. When enquired from the patients, they told that no outsider
had come there. On February 17, an unmarried girl Divya Chandraker came to the
hospital complaining about stomach pain.
She was administered an
emergent medicine and admitted to the hospital. Later, while performing her
sonography, symptoms of parturition were observed in her womb. On enquiry, the
mother of the girl admitted that the girl had delivered a babe and in order to
conceal the dead babe, she dropped the body in the toilet and flushed it.
On the basis of the
complaint the City Kotwali registered the case under sections 302, 318, 201, 34
of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and put up the case for legal proceedings.
The special judge of
fast track court and additional sessions judge Sunita Toppo, found the charges
framed against the accused Divya Chandrakar (20), daughter of Tikaram
Chandrakar and her mother Shyambati (40), residents of village Kanpa Tumgaon in
the district as true.
Judge Sunita Toppo in
her verdict mentioned that one of the best instincts/feelings in the world is
the instinct of motherhood. Specially, the relation between the mother and her
babe is full of love and natural affection and this is the reason as to why the
mother is said be a part of divinity.
As such, the crime
committed by a lady against her own babe is very much against social and
ethical expectations. However, at the same time, it also cannot be denied that
the accused committed the crime to defend their social status and reputation of
The judge awarded life
imprisonment with a fine of Rs 500 to Divya Chandrakar. Under section 201 she
was awarded 3 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 500. In case of
default,, she would have to suffer an additional imprisonment of one month.
Similarly the accused
Shyambati Chandrakar was sentenced to 3 years rigorous imprisonment under section
201 and a fine of Rs 500.