Wednesday June 27, 2012
Parents accused of female infanticide
A 12-DAY-OLD baby girl was poisoned to death, allegedly by her parents, in a remote tribal village in Bollapalli.
Makkal Osai reported that the infant was born to Bhukya Baba Naik and Chilka Bai in the village about 150km from Hyderabad in South India.
The couple had decided to get rid of the infant as they already have three daughters.
They told villagers that the child had died of a severe fever but villagers recalled how Baba Naik's third daughter had died in a similar manner two years ago.
When they confronted the couple, Chilka Bai admitted to feeding pesticide to the baby, claiming she mistook it for syrup.
Baba Naik fled the village and police have launched a manhunt.
> About 200 residents of Kampong Fathima held a peaceful demonstration near their village demanding land titles.
Village chief M. Gunasegaran said they were promised land titles during the 2008 general election, Tamil Nesan reported.
“We received letters from the Kuala Langat land office that we are not eligible for the titles,'' he said in a press conference on Monday.
The residents are mainly former estate workers of Ann Kiat Estate in Banting.
Gunasegaran said they were shocked as the letters stated the state exco, which met on March 13, did not approve their applications.
He said the residents were disappointed with the Selangor government and would continue to demonstrate until they get the titles.
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