The Bangalore Mirror quoted Farooq as saying, "I have not eaten anything for two days since I heard that my child Afreen was no more. With whom should I share my pain? I am like any other father. I loved my child as any father did and I am in pain as much as any father would be."
While trying to establish the case against his wife, Farooq chided, "It was I who first wanted her (Reshma Banu) to rush the child to a hospital, but she did not allow me to touch the baby. I don’t understand what grave mistake I had committed that I was not allowed to touch my baby. It was she who used to beat the baby."
"I never committed any mistake. It was she and her relatives who hated me, prevented me getting close to my child and spread falsehoods about me and my relatives. I always loved my child and liked her," claimed Farooq who currently has been lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bangalore.