TN woman, lover beat her son to death
CHENNAI: Police on Tuesday arrested a 20-year-old woman
and her boyfriend for murder after her three-year-old son, who they regularly beat up, died at Ambattur
here on Sunday.
Bhuvaneswari, who told her mother-in-law that her son Kishore had slipped to his death down a flight of stairs, and Karthikeyan, 35, are now in jail after a postmortem revealed the truth.
A police officer said Bhuvaneshwari and her husband Somasundaram, who married when she was 16, had been living with their son Kishore at Erode
till January. A fight erupted after Karthikeyan learned that his wife was having an affair with Karthikeyan and they soon separated. Bhuvaneswari took away her son saying he was too young to live without a mother’s care. The two arrived in Chennai four months ago and moved into a house on rent at VOC Nagar in Ambattur.
On Sunday, Bhuvaneshwari called up Sudha and said her son had died after slipping down a flight of stairs at their house. She took the child’s body to her sister’s house at Pattukottai in Thanjavur district to perform the last rites.
Her sister found it difficult to believe Bhuvaneswari’s version of the story as the child had injuries all over the body, particularly the thighs, and there were no injuries on the head as claimed by his mother, police said.
The woman’s sister then alerted the Pattukottai police who informed Ambattur assistant commissioner of police Kannan. A team from Chennai rushed to Pattukottai, brought the body to the city and sent it for postmortem to the Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital where it was revealed the child had not sustained injuries in the fall.
Following this, Bhuvaneshwari’s mother-in-law Sudha lodged a complaint with the Ambattur police alleging that she suspected a foul play in her grandson’s death. The police questioned a few of Bhuvaneswari’s neighbours who said they had seen the woman’s boyfriend beating up the boy regularly and making him stand in the sun for long hours.
A police officer who interrogated Bhuvaneshwari said she had admitted to hitting the child with a ladle as he had kept troubling her. "The woman was only trying to protect her lover
and kept claiming that she had attacked her son," said the officer.