GUJRAT: The three-year-old girl was killed by her father the other day in village Saleema in the Lalamusa Saddar police area for insisting to meet her mother who had been divorced by her father a year ago.

A police official, privy to the investigation, told Dawn suspect Imtiaz Ali had contracted a marriage with Sidra Noreen of Dhal Kakka village of Kharian around seven years ago and the couple had two daughters and a six-year-old son.

However, the suspect would often subject his wife to physical torture and divorced her about a year ago. After this, Sidra got married with another man and her children started living with their maternal grandparents.

On Sunday, the children came to their father’s house in Lalamusa to meet their paternal family, especially the grandparents, on the call of Imtiaz. He got infuriated when his three-year-old daughter, Hania, insisted on meeting her mother.

He shot the little girl dead, the police official said and added the police had arrested the suspect.

Lalamusa Saddar police registered a case against the suspect on the report of Abdul Razzaq, the maternal grandfather of the girl.

The body was handed over to her paternal family after autopsy at the Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Teaching Hospital.

Published in Dawn, August 9th, 2022

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