Unable to bear expenses to conduct the last rites of his daughter who allegedly killed herself, a Hyderabad man dumped the body in a drain in Laxmiguda area of Mailardevpally.
The Mailardevpally police identified the father as 45-year-old Pentaiah, who worked at a chemical factory in the city.
The police said that the girl killed herself on May 5 by hanging from a ceiling fan, when nobody was at home.
Following this, Pentaiah dumped his daughter's body in a drain at the outskirts of the city. The incident came to light when the decomposed body was found floating, on May 31.
"When the locals informed us about the floating skull, we started inquiries. It was revealed that Bhavani was missing for the past few days. We questioned the father who confessed to the act," Mailardevpally police-sub inspector J Nagachary told PTI.
Reports also suggest that Pentaiah's daughter had allegedly killed herself, a year after his son also took the drastic step.
Some media reports also suggest that the girl, who was a Class 7 dropout, had stolen a cell phone.
Achyuta Rao from the Balala Hakkula Sangham, claimed that the 16-year-old girl had taken the step, after she was caught for stealing the phone, and abused by her father and others.
"This pathetic incident is a black spot on humanity. Governments are talking loudly about the safety of cattle, but not thinking of a decent life for its future citizens," he said in a statement.
â€śEven if the girl committed suicide, the police should have been informed. For concealing the information, a case was booked against Pentaiah under Section 174 of IPC (Omission to give notice or information to public servant). Based on the autopsy report, we will proceed further,â€ť Mailardevpally inspector S Jagadeeshwar told Deccan Chronicle.
The DC report adds that Pentaiah was arrested and later released on bail.