After two days of rigorous questioning by police, Neha Goyal, revealed that she made her mind to kill her four-month-old daughter on August 18, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. It was during the auspicious festival that she felt the desire of having a boy. Next day, on August 19, she tried to strangulate her daughter, but failed.
While the whole Goyal family was celebrating Raksha Bandhan with full fervor, 35-year-old Neha thought that without a boy her family would be incomplete. "While celebrating Raksha Bandhan, she saw other baby boys of the family. Her resolve to get rid of her four-month-old daughter, Mahi, grew stronger. She tried to strangulate Mahi on August 19, but couldn't succeed in the devilish process," said Rajesh Kumar Meel, additional deputy commissioner of police (Jaipur North).
Mahi was rushed to the hospital by her grandfather and father on August 19. The strangulation bid led to the infant developing serious neurological problem. "Except for Neha, the entire family was worried over the health of the infant. The grandfather consulted senior doctors and stayed in the hospital," Meel said.
Investigation into the case points out that Neha had little emotional attachment for her daughter. Shantanu, a maid hired by Neha, managed the daily chores ranging from bathing the baby to changing cloths and feeding.
"The maid is in the state of extreme shock. Shantanu was really attached to Mahi, she has been inconsolable since the murder of Mahi," police said.
On August 25, Neha again hatched the conspiracy to kill Mahi, but as it was the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami and there was a lot of hustle bustle in the house, she couldn't execute her conspiracy.
Thus, next day she executed her plan and killed Mahi. "She slit the infant's throat in order to create an impression of murder. She did not expect the police following the trail and arresting her," Meel added. Neha told police that she had been under severe stress as she wanted a boy at any cost. "Primary investigation reveals that the family members did not compel her for a boy.
But they might have expected Neha's second child to be a boy and this is a matter of investigation," police said. Police further said that they have found web search pages ranging from 'home remedies for baby boy', and 'medicine for baby boy birth' on her phone's browser. "We have registered a case under section 302 (murder), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence). Neha's husband has asked us to give his daughter justice," Meel added.