In Babra village of Shahjahanpur district, Uttar Pradesh a husband and in-laws allegedly broke both hands of a woman because she gave birth to three daughters in a row. Rekha Devi, 29, was being tortured mentally and physically and was not allowed to maintain a connection with her parents, who live in Lakhimpur Kheri district. The shocking incident came to light only when the survivor’s parents visited her on Sunday (8th April) and found her in such a condition. They took her to the hospital. An FIR has now been filed against her husband and in-laws.

Rekha was married to Shailandra Kumar eight years ago. Her husband and in-laws began to physically abuse her soon after the birth of their third girl child. Shailandra along with his brother Vishendra and other members of family thrashed her. On March 30, the whole family had beaten her which left her with two fractured hands.

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Rekha’s father Baburam filed a complaint against Shailandra, Vishendra, father-in-law Dataram and mother-in-law Reshma Devi on 8th April.

As per reports, the four family members have been retained under IPC section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt to someone) alongside sections of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act and the Dowry Prohibition Act. The victim has undergone certain medical examinations. She is now at her parents’ house in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

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Rajveer Singh,  in-charge, Sindhauli police station said, “The woman has suffered serious injuries and we are waiting for the medical report. Action will subsequently be taken against the suspects”.

Uttar Pradesh reports worst sex ratio and has highest crime rates against women. Unfortunately, the obsession for the male child is a sad reality in India. This preference for a boy-child has been deep-rooted in the mindsets and has led to biased behaviour against girls’ and women. Such incidents exhibit that misogyny still runs deep in society.  What are your views on such regressive acts of  Indian culture? Share your views with us.

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