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22/09/2020 11:05 AM IST

UP Man Arrested After Slashing Pregnant Wife's Stomach 'To Check Gender'

The woman's brother said the attack took place because the husband wanted to know the baby’s gender.

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LUCKNOW — A man has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh after slashing his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle, leaving her critically ill and causing the death of their unborn baby boy, police and her relatives said.

The woman was in intensive care in a hospital in New Delhi, said police in Budaun, following Saturday’s attack.

Her brother said the attack took place because the husband wanted to know the baby’s gender. The couple already had five daughters.

“He attacked her with a sickle and ripped her stomach saying that he wanted to check the gender of the unborn child,” the woman’s brother, Golu Singh, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Police said the baby was stillborn late on Sunday and a man had been remanded in custody.

Abortions of female foetuses have been banned in India, where the preference for boys has led to a dwindling number of girls.

According to a government survey released in July, India’s gender ratio, or the number of females per 1,000 males, was 896 between 2015 and 2017, down from 898 in 2014-2016 and 900 in 2013-2015.

Indian law bans doctors and health workers from sharing an unborn child’s sex with the parents, or carrying out tests to determine the child’s gender, and only registered medical practitioners are allowed to perform abortions.

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