Sunday, July 15, 2012
Pakistani police have arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because she was physically deformed
Mohammed Anwar, a police officer in the city of Khanewal in the eastern Punjab province, said that the child was born at a hospital in the nearby town of Kacha Khuh. But after seeing his little girl, father Chand Khan is said to have been shocked that she had abnormal features. He then set about planning how to dispose of her body. He told relatives that the baby was born dead and arranged a funeral for the girl. But shockingly, the baby let out a cry during the service. Chand is then accused of burying the girl alive. Residents alerted authorities after seeing him take the baby to the graveyard. Khan, who has four other children, will be sentenced to death if he is found guilty of killing his daughter. Police say that they will now exhume the child's body to perform an autopsy. Khan's wife was still at the hospital when the baby was buried. The case has also shed light on prejudices in Pakistan against children, especially girls, who are born with physical deformities.