A 30- year old housewife in the weaving town of Tenali in Guntur district is battling for life after she was brutally beaten up by her husband and in-laws in order to make her abort for the third consecutive time as she was carrying a girl child.
Police circle inspector Shaikh Usman said that the husband and in-laws of the victim, Munni , a resident of Balajipeta in Tenali town believed that she was pregnant with a girl child as a local Baba had predicted that only the 7th child in her womb will be a male. Husband hence allegedly beat up his wife that lead to miscarriage.
This was victim's sixth pregnancy and his husband and in-laws made her abort again and again because they didn't want the girl child.
As no local doctor was willing to abort the child for the third time due to her health condition, the family decided to do it themselves. Husband Allabaksh, father-in-law Rahman and mother-in-law Fathima tied her to a pole and beat her on the stomach under the impression it would lead to abortion.
The neighbours saw her bleeding profusely and took her to the government hospital. The incident came to light on Sunday after she was admitted to a private hospital at Mangalgiri following complications.
Police said that based on the complaint of the victim, the three accused had been arrested. Later they were produced in the local court and sent to jail.
Andhra Pradesh assembly speaker N. Manohar visited the hospital and asked the doctors to provide all necessary medicare to save her life.
The district collector V N Vishnu has ordered a probe into the incident. The probe would be conducted by the district medical and health officer Dr Gopi Naik.