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Unwed mother gets life term for strangulating her new-born babe

Mahasamund (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 a toilet.

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 their family.

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.