35yearold man says ghost was whispering in his ears, asked him to make his threeyearold daughter cry in pain
He was hallucinating. He said he thrashed the girl because the ghost told him that he would kill her and take her along if he does not make her cry. A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER
NEW DELHI: A 35-year-old man thrashed his three-year-old daughter and chopped both her ears, claiming that a supernatural power asked him to do so. The bizarre incident was reported from Shahdara in east Delhi in the wee hours of Thursday.
Amrit Bahadur, who works at Urban Kebab, an eatery in the area, was allegedly reaching out for the girl’s neck, when he was stopped by the neighbours and handed over to the police.
After his arrest, he told the police that a ghost was whispering in his ear, directing him to make his daughter cry in pain. He told the police that the ghost asked him to donate the girl’s ear to him, else he would take her to hell with him.
“He was hallucinating. He said he thrashed the girl because the ghost told him that he would kill her and take her along if he does not make her cry. He admitted that he started thrashing the girl first, but then the ghost directed him to chop off her ears. He went and fetched a chopper from inside the kitchen and did as directed,” a senior police officer said.
He told the police he felt relieved after doing it but the ghost was back to haunt him, asking for the child’s other ear.
He pinched her and pulled her hair asking her to shout in pain for the “ghost” to hear her cries. When the girl started shouting in pain, he asked her to bear it for her own good and to save her own life.
The girl, police said, could not even narrate her ordeal as she is too young to speak.
The girl’s mother, who was a witness to the incident, tried to intervene but she was thrashed and asked to leave. She reportedly begged for her daughter’s life but he did not listen. “He thrashed his wife and asked her to leave the house. When she refused, he dragged her and his five other children to the terrace and locked the door. He then returned to further torture his daughter,” a senior police officer said.
On his return Bahadur chopped off the girl’s second ear.
“He said the ghost was unhappy with the sacrifice so he asked for the girl’s blood from her neck. When the girl tried to run away he pinned her down. Meanwhile, the girl’s mother alerted the neighbours. Hearing their screams, the neighbours called the police. Before Bahadur could slit the girl’s neck, he was caught,” a senior police officer said.
“The neighbours had called us and reported a brawl. We were shocked to find out that the father had mercilessly slashed his daughter’s ears,” he added.
The police said Bahadur lost his one-year-old daughter two months ago and had been disturbed since then. His family told the police that he started hallucinating and often said that he speaks to Satan.
His wife told the police that he claimed to be giving pain to the child to save her life.
The girl, who was admitted to AIIMS, is stable. Bahadur has been arrested for causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon, attempt to murder and punishment for cruelty on children.
The police will also involve an NGO to discuss Bahadur’s mental state. He will undergo a medical test, police said.