Jodhpur rural police, has arrested a man who allegedly sacrificed his four-year-old daughter by slitting her throat on Saturday.

Police superintendent (Jodhpur rural) Rajan Dushyant said the accused, whose name was given as Nawab Ali Qureshi – has confessed to the crime.

“I am a Namazi and I love my child more than my own life. I offered my daughter as a sacrifice,” police quoted the accused as saying during an interrogation.

Police reports that Qureshi had brought his daughter back from her grandmother’s place on Thursday. He fed the child with sweets and fruits from the market before taking her home.

Late that night, while the rest of the family was fast asleep, he woke the victim and took her to the veranda. There, he set her on his lap and read a kalma (prayer).

His confession revealed that this was when “Satan came over him” – making him allegedly slit his daughter’s throat. After the deed was done, he went back to sleep.

Police said Qureshi’s wife, Shabana, stepped out around 3 am to find her daughter’s bloodied body on the veranda.

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