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Siliguri: An aged couple has been arrested in north Bengal for murdering their new-born baby girl. They have confessed to killing the baby so to evade public humiliation of having birthed her at such a late age.

The incident has taken place at Sardarpara under Maynaguri police station in Jalpaiguri district. The couple has been identified as Dilip Chakraborty (57) and Suniti Chakraborty (49).

Police said that Dilip maintained his family by working as a wage labourer at the Fulbari Truck Terminus off Siliguri and occasionally by administering Pujas as he is a Brahmin by birth. The couple has three adult daughters and two sons. Earlier this year, they married off their eldest daughter.

Amidst this, Dilip’s wife conceived again but neither of them realised this until it was very late. Thus, after the baby girl was born two days ago, they killed the baby yesterday to evade humiliation and threw it into a pond at Sardarpara.

But people of the locality somehow got a wind of this and alerted Maynaguri police station. Cops came and retrieved the dead body and sent it for post-mortem. After preliminary questioning confirmed that they had murdered the baby, police arrested the couple yesterday night.

They were produced at the Jalpaiguri district court today. On being asked by reporters, Dilip said that his wife had strangled the baby so to stop it from making sound and he tied a rope around its neck to ensure the death.

“We were ashamed of having birthed a baby at such a late age when our eldest daughter was married only a few months ago,” the couple said.