BANGALORE: Umar farooq, the father of Neha Afreen Reshma Banu, had earlier allegedly thrashed his wife Reshma Banu causing the miscarriage. Banu, who is his second wife, also charged that he and his mother Gulzar Begum have been harassing and blackmailing her for dowry. “When his demand was not fulfilled, both tried to waste our money on hospitals.”
Meanwhile, Abdul Kareem, her father, a vegetable vendor who is struggling to pool in money for the baby’s medical expenses alleged, “He (Farooq) was addicted to alcohol. He was harassing my daughter for dowry. When we did not respond, he committed this violent act. He did not wish to see the baby’s face. He tortured the baby to such an extent that her neck was heavily tilted to the right for a few days.”
“I am completely helpless. We are finding it very difficult to get blood for her treatment. I hae been visiting different blood banks everyday to get blood. I am spending money meant for my younger daughter’s marriage. We are doing all that we can.”
However, the doctors are said to have told him that the chances of the baby’s survival are slim.