PESHAWAR: Police in Pakistan have arrested a man suspected of killing by shoot down his seven-day-old baby girl because he wanted his first-born to be a boy.
The new born named Jannat, which means heaven in Urdu, was shot multiple times on Monday in the central city of Mianwali, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, police and a relative of the baby said.
“A baby girl was born, he was infuriated,” Hidayatullah Khan, an uncle of the baby’s mother, told media on Wednesday, referring to the father.
Police said the autopsy found that Jannat had been hit by five bullets and was killed instantly.
Earlier on Wednesday, police officer Hayatullah Khan told media that Police were trying to arrest the accused who is still at large,”
The murder has sparked public outrage, especially after pictures were posted on social media of the baby moments after the shooting, and later of her funeral.
“And still they ask what are women’s rights? Why we need women’s rights? Why is women’s day celebrated?” said Twitter user Fatima Suhail.
Human rights groups say girls and women face regular violence for a variety of reasons in Pakistan, which sits three spots above the bottom of the World Economic Forum’s 2021 gender Gap Index.
Female infanticide is also widespread, rights groups say.
Over the last two years, a majority of the more than 500 bodies of infants found dumped in the southern city of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, were girls, according to Faisal Edhi, head of the largest social welfare charity group in the city.