Gondia: In a shocking incident, a man allegedly killed his 20-month-old daughter after his wife asked for Rs 5 to buy a sweet for the child in Maharashtra’s Gondia district. The incident took place on February 2 at Lonara village, over 900 km from Mumbai. The accused, identified as 28-year-old Vivek Uike, allegedly killed his daughter in a fit of rage after his wife told him that the child was crying and asking for ‘Khaja’ — a sweet snack made of wheat flour. Police said when the woman asked for Rs 5 from her husband to buy the sweet to pacify the baby, he allegedly picked up the child and smashed her head on a door repeatedly. “My husband returned home in the evening and as my daughter Vaishnavi was crying, I asked him for Rs 5 to buy her Khaja. Vivek said he doesn’t have any change,” Varsha Uike, the mother of the infant told police.
“Vivek got furious after I asked for money. He picked up Vaishnavi, took her to the door and smashed her head on the door and stairs of our house. When I tried stopping him, he assaulted me too. Badly hurt, I somehow rushed my daughter to Tiroda sub-district hospital where she was declared dead before admission,” the woman told police. Varsha approached the Tiroda police station and filed a complaint against her husband, following which he was arrested. A case of murder was filed and Vivek was taken into custody. “We have arrested Vivek on charges of murder acting to the complaint filed by the infant’s mother. The accused banged the child’s head on doors after an argument over Rs 5 for buying a sweet,” said Yogesh Pardhi, in-charge, Tiroda police station. According to the official, the couple got married in 2018, but the woman later left his home for about a year as he allegedly used to beat her under the influence of alcohol. In 2019, she returned to their home in the village.