4-Year-Old Girl Dies After Mother Throws Her From Balcony in Bengaluru

The mother has been arrested by the police and booked under Section 302 of the IPC.

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Edited By :Padmashree Pande

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A four-year-old child was killed after her mother threw her from the balcony of their fourth-floor apartment in Bengaluru’s SR Nagar on Thursday, 4 August. The mother too tried to kill herself after the incident.

In a CCTV footage accessed by The Quint, the mother could be seen climbing the railing of the balcony and standing for a few seconds before family members rushed to pull her back to safety.

Police said that the child was admitted to the hospital and succumbed to her injuries.

The mother, identified as Sushma Bharadwaj, has been arrested by the police and booked under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (murder).

Mother ‘Not Happy With Child With Disabilities’: Police

R Srinivas Gowda DCP Central, Bangalore, said, “Four-year-old girl child, according to the CCTV footage, was thrown from a great height by her mother. She was admitted in a hospital on 4 August and succumbed to injuries.”

The DCP said that the father Kiran, who is a software engineer, has been cooperating in the investigation and has filed a complaint against Sushma.

"We are yet to ascertain what is the mother's mental health condition and why she did this. In due process, we will find out. As of now, prima facie, based on the complaint, we have booked a case against the mother," said Gowda.

According to the police, Sushma was reportedly not “happy with the child” and her health. The child reportedly had disabilities.

The DCP Central said that the child had disabilities and was hearing and speech impaired. Previously, Sushma had tried to abandon her two months ago at a railway station.

Meanwhile, a neighbour said that she tried to save the baby by CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). She said, “I did only what I knew how to do. I tried to give CPR but the baby’s condition was critical. Instead of waiting for an ambulance, I wrapped the baby in a blanket and took her to the hospital.”

She added, “I don’t know whose baby it was, there was nobody around. She was breathing while we were taking to the hospital but she succumbed to her injuries.”

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