A 30-year-old mother of two girls in Andhra Pradesh is battling for life in hospital after a miscarriage in her sixth pregnancy following an alleged beating from her husband and in-laws who want her to bear them a male child.
Munni’s married life of eight years has been lorded over by a soothsayer who has predicted that only the seventh child in her womb will be a son.
Police have arrested her husband Allahbaksh and in-laws, Rahman and Fathima, from the weaving town of Tenali in Guntur district for tying her to a pole and beating her on the stomach.
Munni fourth and fifth pregnancies had been aborted and one daughter had died soon after birth.
Since no doctor was willing to do the third consecutive abortion, given Munni’s delicate health, Allahbaksh and his parents took charge, said police circle inspector Shaikh Usman.
Munni's neighbours in Balajipeta heard her cries and admitted the profusely bleeding woman to a government hospital on Saturday, where doctors advised shifting her to a private facility.
Munni’s plight came to light on Sunday after she was admitted to a private hospital at Mangalgiri — where her parents live — following complications.
Munni’s family said she had tolerated the torture because she did not want to burden her poor parents. But after the harassment became severe, Munni sent her elder daughter to stay with her parents.
Assembly speaker N Manohar has visited Munni and asked doctors to provide all the necessary care to save her life.
The three accused were produced in a local court and sent to jail. There is no official word on whether action will be taken against the soothsayer.