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In-laws beat pregnant woman to death in Bengal for carrying female foetus

Police have arrested her husband and sister-in-law. The victim’s father-in-law and mother-in-law are on the run.

kolkata Updated: Oct 28, 2017 13:52 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times
Ruma Nandi underwent an ultra sonography test. Determination of gender of a foetus is not permitted in India.
Ruma Nandi underwent an ultra sonography test. Determination of gender of a foetus is not permitted in India. (HT Photo)

Ruma Nandi, a 25-year-old pregnant woman was beaten to death in Bengal by her in-laws after they came to know that she was carrying the female foetus. The shocking incident took place in Illambazar area of Birbhum district, about 176 km from Kolkata.

Police arrested two persons including Biswajit Nandi, husband of the victim.

Read: Pregnant Bengal woman poisoned to death for refusing to abort girl child

The woman was tortured to death at her in-laws’ house on Thursday night.

On Thursday a police complaint named Biswajit, Priyanaka , Nabakumar Nandi, (father-in-law) and Kalpana Nandi (mother in law).

“Biswajit Nandi, her husband and Priyanka Sen, her sister-in-law have so far been arrested on the basis of the complaint lodged by the family oof the victim,” said N Sudhirkumar, superintendent of police of Birbhum district.

Read: Maharashtra: Cops find 19 aborted female foetuses dumped near stream in Sangli

The mother-in-law and father-in-law of the victim are absconding.

A week ago the woman was subjected to an ultra sonography test, and her in-laws came to know that she was pregnant with a girl. Incidentally, prenatal sex determination is banned in the country.

“After the family members came to know the gender of the foetus, they began torturing her. They also pressured her to abort it. When my sister did not agree, they killed her,” claimed Ujjwal Sen, brother of Ruma.

Read: ‘Female infanticide rampant in India’

The in-laws informed Sen that Ruma was unwell. When they arrived they found Ruma dead with a black mark on her throat. “We are sure that they killed her,” Sen added.

About two months ago, a woman of Chandipur area in East Midnapore district was allegedly killed after she resisted attempts to abort a female foetus. It was alleged that the in-laws of Rubina Bibi, who was in her mid twenties, was tortured after a test revealed that she was carrying a girl child.

The woman was allegedly poisoned by her in-laws in August.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 10:10 IST