Ask Why Giving Birth to Girls Gets Women Killed in India
On October 18, 2013, in the town of Gurdaspur, a young woman, Sandeep Kaur who had been married for barely two years, was tortured to death by her husband and in-laws. The reason for this was she had given birth to a girl!
One day later, on October 19, in one of India’s holiest cities, Varanasi, 27-year-old Aarti, who had been married to Sanjiv Kumar Singh for 8 years, was locked inside a room, beaten, her head battered in with an iron rod, was doused with kerosene and set on fire. Aarti had refused to cave under pressure from her husband and in-laws to abort the female child she had been carrying and had given birth to a girl. The neighbors broke in on hearing the baby cry and took Aarti to the hospital where she’s still fighting her life.
These are just two incidents on two successive days in October 2013! How many women are killed in India for giving birth to girls?