Man erringly believes he has cancer, kills 12-year-old son | India News – Times of India

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KOLHAPUR: A 12-year-old boy lost his life in Hivare village of Maharashtra’s Satara district earlier this month because of cancer-related misconceptions. His 45-year-old father named Vijay Khatal, erroneously believed he had cancer and took the extreme step of killing his young son, fearing the child would also succumb to the disease.
On December 23, cops discovered the body of the boy in a field in the village. Medical examination revealed the child had been strangled with a rope.
SP Samir Sheikh assembled a team to probe the case. Interrogations and witness statements unveiled the unsettling truth of the involvement of the father, a farmer, in the crime. During police questioning, Khatal admitted to the crime.
While the initial suspicion leaned toward human sacrifice, Sheikh clarified that this angle has been ruled out. “Khatal feared that he only had a few months to live, and after his death, no one would be able to take care of his only child. Khatal never actually had cancer. He had been feeling feeble, and thought he had cancer,” the SP added.
A court granted cops custody of Khatal until December 29.”


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