Grandmother set a newborn ablaze on theatre premises in Tamil Nadu’s Tenkasi

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In a very shocking incident, a woman allegedly burnt alive her newborn grandson in Sankarankovil area of Tenkasi on Wednesday. The baby boy’s half-burnt body was discovered on the property of a theatre situated on Railway Feeder Road.

The incident got noticed early in the morning at 4 am when the passersby saw flames on the road. When the flames were put out, the passengers were shaken to see the dead body of an infant and immediately alerted the Sankarankovil police.

The police sent the dead infant’s body to the Sankarankovil Government Hospital for post-mortem and also brought a sniffer dog on the site for assistance in the investigation.

The dog sniffed about 300 meters of the area from the point where the body was found to a place of a 22-year-old woman. In the beginning, the police thought that the deceased boy was a stillborn, but later an investigation disclosed that the child was indeed born alive.

According to the police, the woman named Sankaragomathi and a man called Shankar had an affair which led to her pregnancy. In an attempt to abort the baby, the woman consumed two tablets but in vain. The baby was born at her house on Wednesday at around 2 am, as reported by The Times of India.

Following the baby’s birth, his grandmother Indra covered the baby with some cloth and took him to the theatre where she allegedly set the baby on fire. The accused has been booked under IPC (Indian Penal Code) section 315 – an act done with intent to prevent a child from being born alive, or cause it to die after birth; whereas Shankar has been charged under section 109 – abetment of an offence.

Sankaragomathi, 22, had been weak due to delivery and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The police stated that the woman’s statement will be taken after she recovers her health and further enquiry will be conducted accordingly.

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