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Woman thrown out for giving birth to girls

Divya Sethi, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, May 24, 2011
First Published: 23:34 IST(24/5/2011) | Last Updated: 23:38 IST(24/5/2011)

From a state that has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the country, here comes another horror story.

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Pamela, an executive working with a multi-national bank in Gurgaon, claims she has been a victim of domestic violence and was abandoned by her husband and parents-in-law because she gave birth to two daughters.

This comes as yet another reaffirmation of the fact that sex selection is as prevalent, if not more, in urban areas and among the educated class.

Pamela has been staying with her parents in Sector 54 for the last six months as her husband Sandeep Sharma, an engineer in a government-run telecom company, is allegedly not ready to accept her.

While narrating her side of the story, Pamela said, "My in-laws were so obsessed with a male child that when I conceived for first time, they asked me to eat some herbal medicine to ensure I had a baby boy. When I refused, they threatened me with dire consequences."

"When I conceived for the second time, I was treated the same way again. Despite the trauma, I had two baby girls and was blamed for it," she added.

While her elder daughter is two years old, the younger one is five months old.

Pamela further alleged that her husband told her that they would have to try for another child, but go in for a sex test before delivery the third time around.

Refuting his wife's claims as "untrue and baseless", Sandeep said, "These are all false allegations. I and my parents are pleading her to come back but she is not ready to listen to us." He further said, "She works in Gurgaon and my parents are in Delhi. After the birth of our second child, she felt it was convenient to live in Gurgaon. Her parents asked me to come and stay along with them. Problems started ever since I refused."


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