Article Title: Mother Who Kills Her Children: A Case Report

Author(s): Abdul Malik Achakzai, Pashtoon Murtaza Kasi

Institute(s): Principal Bolan Medical College, Head Department of Psychiatry, Bolan Medical College, Quetta; Aga Khan University, 8-13/36, Kasi Road, Quetta.

Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 2007, Vol. 4, No. 1, p. 50–51

Correspondence Address: Phone: 92306-3737347; pashtoon.kasi@gmail.com

Abstract

Puerperal psychosis is not uncommon in women passing through postnatal period, while neglect and harm to the baby is an important complication of this psychiatric disorder. We report a case, in which a mother in her postnatal period killed two children consecutively. The psychopathology, cultural beliefs and the legal aspects of this serious psychiatric problem are discussed.

Key words: Postpartum Psychosis, Postpartum depression, Infanticide.