Baby Afreen Breathes Her Last: Killed by her Dad For Being Born A Girl!

Bangalore, April 11, 2012

Three-month-old Neha Afreen Banu, who suffered grievous physical injuries inflicted by her father, breathed her last on Wednesday in Bangalore Vanivilas Hospital. She died after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Afreen, born on January 17, 2012 was tortured by her father Omar Farooq who was upset that Afreen was a girl and not a boy.   Medical reports indicate that Afreen was a victim of shaken baby syndrome (child abuse caused by intentional shaking), she suffered very deep internal injuries including neck dislocation and subarachnoid haemorrhage (bleeding in the brain),  and intraocular haemorrhage (bleeding in the eyeball) due to the head injury.  Besides suffering from respiratory attack, convulsions, melena (stool with blood discharge), Afreen also had cigarette burns and bite marks on her body. Report here
A few weeks ago, another infant girl, baby Falak similarly battered, struggled for her life and died in a hospital in Delhi. Report here
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3 Responses

  1. So will this father be prosecuted?

    • Hopefully! He has been arrested and will be tried for murder it appears. Often times though in cases of parents killing their infant girls — the courts let them off. The argument is they have other children to take care of. However, if the same man has killed a neighbor’s child, he’s not given the same leniency even if he had children of his own. Basically often the courts treat children like a person’s individual property!

      • Yes, it is predictable that he will be let off. It will be interesting to follow through this case to see the outcome.

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