HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Police today arrested an unmarried couple for murdering their newborn baby boy in their rented room in Jorpati.
The arrested have been identified as Sane Majhi and Kalpana Rai of Jhapa. They were living together but were in no rush to marry, said DSP Shyam Gyawali. The couple in their 20s killed the newborn baby yesterday, hours after he was born.
Doctors at Attarkhel-based NMC Hospital suspected foul play when the couple went there for a medical check-up. The doctors, after finding out that the girl was a new mother but did not have baby with her, had informed police, leading to discovery of the dead infant wrapped in a plastic bag.
Majhi and Rai have been charged with murder. They have been remanded to seven-day judicial custody.
Majhi was a labourer at a garment factory in Jorpati and cohabiting with Rai for the past two years. During interrogation, they told the police that they decided to kill the baby for the fear of social stigma as they were not married.
Kid pops leprosy pills, dies
DHARAN: Three-year-old Shristika Rai of Dhankuta Municipality died on Wednesday night after she mistakenly popped Dapsone pills meant for her father Man Bahadur, a leprosy patient. Shristika’s friend Pratima Basnet, also three years old, who too had taken the anti-leprosy tablets is undergoing treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan. Dr Gyanendra Malla of BPKIHS said Shristika died due to overdose of Dapsone and condition of Pratima is critical.