In Jhandi village of Ludhiana, a seven-month pregnant woman was killed as her husband and brother-in-law allegedly pressed on her stomach till the foetus, believing it to be a female, said the Police in Ludhiana, reported Scroll. The woman’s body was later dumped in the nearby fields close to his family home along with the foetus and had tried covering it up with soil.
Station House Office of the Sidhwan Bet Police Station Paramjit Singh said they had tied the woman’s hands during the crime. “We have recovered the body and foetus from the fields,” he said, adding that the woman’s mother-in-law is bed-ridden. The woman’s father was informed by a fellow villager who heard the wailing of the victim, said the police.
He said the family had not been able to give him a convincing answer about his daughter’s whereabouts, and that they had cleaned the blood stains from her room by the time he had reached their house. The father also alleged that his daughter has been physically as well as mentally tortured after the couple had their first girl child. He claimed the husband had forced her to undergo a sex determination test and had been pushing her to get an abortion after they found out they were having a second daughter.
Suspects have been arrested on the basis of the father’s complaints. The police are now looking for the doctor who helped them with the abortion. In the FIR filed in the case, the two accused have been charged with murder, causing a miscarriage without a woman’s consent, causing a death by an act intended to cause a miscarriage and an act intended to a birth or cause a child’s death after birth.