The parents of a five-year-old girl allegedly beat her to death while performing “black magic” on her to ward off evil forces in the Maharashtra city of Nagpur, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place in the intervening night from Friday to Saturday, after which police arrested the child’s father Siddharth Chimne (45), mother Ranjana (42) and aunt Priya Bansod (32), they said.
Chimne, a resident of Subhash Nagar who runs a local news channel on YouTube, had gone to a dargah near Takalghat with his wife and two daughters, ages 5 and 16, last month, a senior police official said.
Since then, the man suspected behavioral changes in his youngest daughter. He believed she was under the influence of some evil forces and decided to use “black magic” to scare them away, the official said.
The girl’s parents and aunt performed the ritual at night and also shot the video, which police later recovered from their phones.
The clip showed the accused asking some questions of the crying girl. The child was unable to understand the questions and was unable to answer them, the official said.
During the ritual, the three accused allegedly beat and beat the child severely, after which she fell unconscious and fell to the ground, the official said.
The suspect then took the child to a dargah in the morning hours of Saturday.
Later, they took her to the Government Medical College and Hospital and ran away from there.
A guard at the hospital became suspicious and took a photo of their car on his cell phone, the official said.
Doctors at the hospital later pronounced the girl dead and alerted police, he said.
The suspects were identified by the license plate that was captured in the photo.
Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station officials reached the home of the accused and arrested them, the official said.
The accused were arrested under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhumane, Malicious and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act.
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