A father has admitted cutting his four-year-old daughter’s throat as a sacrificial offering to God during Ramadan, Indian media have reported.
Nawab Ali Qureshi, 26, is said to have murdered young Rizwana on Friday after reciting verses from the Koran.
Police in Jodhpur said he initially denied killing his daughter and instead told his family a cat could have been responsible for her death.
But Qureshi, who runs a meat shop, allegedly admitted slaying Rizwana after his wife filed a murder report, the Times of India reported.
Police said the father told them he had taken his daughter to a market to buy her sweets before telling her he loved her very much.
According to the Indian Express, he added: ‘I am a devout Muslim and love my daughter more than my life.
‘For several days she was at her grandmother’s place and returned on Thursday. I took her to the marketplace and bought sweetmeats and fruits.