Ernakulam: A woman from Kerala’s Kollam district killed her 4-month-old baby and later committed suicide. The incident occurred in Palarivattom, Ernakulam, Kerala on Monday (May 27).

According to sources, the incident happened early in the morning on Monday. Udaya was staying in a hostel with her baby. It is reported that Udaya had stayed away from her husband for long. The locals informed the police about the incident after the door of Udaya's room was found locked.

Crimes against children in Kerala are increasing day by day. Last month, a seven-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his stepfather. Kerala Police had arrested the stepfather and the mother of the boy.

Recently, a 15-month-old-girl also was murdered by her mother in Alappuzha, Kerala. She confessed to police that she killed the baby as she was irritated by her constant cries. Also in Aluva, a three-year-old boy died after he was hit on the head with a wooden stick allegedly by his mother.

According to reports, despite penal laws for dealing with perpetrators in child sex abuse cases, crimes and cruelties against children in Kerala have increased nearly eightfold in the last one decade. While checking the police statistic data, compared to the 549 child abuse cases registered in 2008, their number jumped to 4008  in 2018.