Bangalore:  Three-month-old Afreen, battling for life after being battered by her father who wanted a baby boy, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday sparking an outrage over the brutality she was subjected to.

Doctors at Vani Vilas Hospital, where she was admitted in an intensive care unit on Sunday, said she breathed her last on Wednesday morning after suffering cardiac arrest due to convulsions and bleeding. She was on life-support systems and in a semi-comatose state.

Resident Medical Superintendent Somegowda said that the baby earlier had hurried respiration of 30-40 per minute against the normal 20-25 per minute and also Pathycardia (increased heart rate).

Police said a case of murder would be filed against Afreen's father Umar Farooq after recording his wife Reshma Bano's statement.

Farooq has already been arrested and is in judicial custody till April 21. Farooq had confessed to having attempted to kill his daughter as he did not want a baby girl. Afreen suffered severe head injuries and bite marks on her thighs and buttocks.

Reshma was inconsolable as heart-rending scenes were witnessed outside the hospital. Amid public outrage over the "inhuman behaviour" of Farooq, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairperson Neena P Nayak said he should be severely punished.
Nayak also urged the state government and civil society to provide protection and solace to Reshma.

"This is an exceptional case where father himself has allegedly killed the child. Farooq should be severely punished and mother Reshma given protection. I think the civil society and the state government would come forward and extend support to Reshma," she said.

The KSCPCR would investigate the case and get deep into it to know the truth, Nayak said. "We would consider legal implications and take next course of action," she added.

Karnataka State Human Rights Commission Chairman S R Naik said he would recommend to Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to extend help to Reshma. Naik said SHRC was concerned about this ghastly incident and Reshma should be protected and given support to lead a dignified life.