India: A man opens his pregnant wife’s belly to find out the sex of the baby

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A man from India opened the belly of his wife, presumably because she wanted to know if she was expecting a boy or a girl. The victim of 35 years old who was in an advanced state of pregnancy, accused her husband of cutting her belly with a sharp object.

The incident took place this Saturday in Budaun, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern India. Local police reported that the woman was seriously injured in the attack. The husband was taken into custody. domestic violence in India

According to the woman’s family, the perpetrator of the act has five daughters and he desperately wanted a boy.

On the side of the husband, he explained that he carried out the attack to find out the sex of the child. The woman who is in her sixth or seventh month of pregnancy is still bedridden in the hospital in serious condition

As a reminder, for generations, in the patriarchal society of India, there is a cultural preference for males.

In a study on female infanticide, conducted by the NGO Asian Center for Human Rights, it was revealed that India has one of the highest rates of feticide in the world. Moreover, sex-selective abortions are also widespread in India, where boys are highly preferred over girls.

In a report published in 2007 by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), it is stated that the preference for men in that country is “a well-documented phenomenon”, and this preference is responsible for the high mortality rates among girls.

The partiality for males is also motivated by economic, religious, social, and emotional desires and norms that favor males. domestic violence in India

“Parents expect to have boys, but not girls, to provide them with financial and emotional care, especially in their old age; Male children increase the family’s wealth and property, while daughters reduce it due to dowries.

“The male children continue with the family lineage, while the daughters, upon marrying, become part of another family; sons carry out important religious functions, in addition to defending or exercising the power of the family, while daughters have to be defended and protected, generating what is perceived as a burden on the home”, the document explains.