Mianwali police arrest father who shot newborn daughter 5 times
Mianwali: A father accused of killing his week-old daughter by shooting her five times because he wanted his firstborn to be a boy has been arrested, police said Thursday.
Newborn Jannat Fatima was killed on Sunday in the city of Mianwali, in central Punjab province, sparking a manhunt for her father Shahzaib Khan, who was arrested on Wednesday night following a series of raids, according to Punjab police.
“The police were told by the complainants that the killer had been complaining for three or four days that he had wanted a son and he had been very angry,” Zarrar Khan, spokesman for Mianwali police told AFP.
“His wife also confirmed that he was angry about having a daughter and wanted a son.”
The incident came almost a month after a pregnant woman was brought to a hospital with a nail hammered into her head after a faith healer said it would guarantee she gave birth to a boy.
The mother of three daughters said she was pregnant with another girl.