Man kills daughter after tricking her into writing suicide notes naming loved ones

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A 40-year-old man allegedly tricked his teenage daughter into writing suicide notes to implicate her loved ones and then asked her to kill herself during which he actually killed her, police said.

The 16-year-old girl was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house in Kalamna district of the city of Nagpur on November 6, a police official said on Saturday.

The man, who worked as a labourer, was later arrested and an investigation was underway to determine the motive for the murder, he said.

Police initially registered a case of inciting suicide against the girl’s mother-in-law, uncle, aunt and grandparents based on five suicide notes found in the room, the official said from the Kalamna police station. But an examination of the victim’s father’s mobile phone during the inquest revealed there was an evil plot behind what appeared to be a suicide.

“In the cell phone we found a picture of the victim making a suicide bid. It appeared he asked his daughter to act like she was hanging herself and clicked on a picture, claiming he wanted to teach his loved ones a lesson,” the police chief said.

“Before this, the man had asked the girl to write five suicide notes naming those relatives. When the girl did so and tied the noose around her neck and stood on a stool as per her instructions, he clicked a photo and then allegedly kicked the stool, causing her death by hanging. She died in front of her father and 12-year-old sister,” the official said.

The accused then left the house. He then called the police, saying he had gone out for work and when he returned his daughter had hanged herself, the official said.

Police initially registered a case of encouraging suicide under the Indian Penal Code against the five relatives. But investigators later realized something was wrong.

“After finding the photo of the suicide act in his phone, we interviewed the man and he told police he had murdered his daughter. His first wife took her own life in 2016 and the second wife had also left the house,” the official said. The man was arrested for the alleged murder. Police were investigating the motive for the crime, the official added.


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