Women today aren’t just homemakers. They are exploring and changing the world. Though women have made their mark in many fields and are leading billion dollar industries, there are still many places in the country where they face discrimination and prejudice. It starts right at birth. While every parent wants a healthy baby, many still want it to be a boy.
An upsetting incident has come to light from Agra, Uttar Pradesh where a woman’s head was shaved off by her in-laws after she gave birth to the second girl child.
The victim, Nannu, has been married to Rashid, a tempo driver for the past seven years. They have a four-year-old daughter, and in November, Nannu gave birth to their second daughter. Upset at the birth of another girl, her husband and in-laws started torturing and assaulting her and then shaved her head. Her husband also sent her out of their home on 27th November. Her daughter was wailing for milk, but the family did not let the victim meet her child.
Hopeless and emotionally tormented, the lady returned to her parents and narrated her ordeal. She then gave a written complaint to the police against her husband and in-laws at Malpura police station, Rajasthan.
“This marriage not only made Nannu emotionally weak but also mentally unstable due to constant harassment. She suffers from anaemia ( blood deficiency) and requires four units of blood,” says Victim’s sister-in-law as reported by The Times of India.
The station officer of Malpura, Uttamchand Patel told The Times of India that since the woman is physically weak, her husband has been asked to take her to a hospital and get her treated. The victim’s family has withdrawn the complaint against the accused and wants the couple to live together and raise their daughters.
The husband and all the family members were detained by the Police and were warned to take care of victim to avoid stringent measures against them. After the report was filed, Nannu’s 13-day-old daughter was brought to her, and she could finally feed her.
We live in the 21st century but the ideas like the gender of the baby is decided by a woman or that she is responsible for it is still a very prevalent and deep-rooted and also the idea that a girl child is lesser in comparison to a boy runs deep into the society. There is a dire need to educate the families and change their perception. It is only then that the cases of female foeticide, infanticide, and harassment of new mothers will stop.