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Indian Man Accused of Killing Wife Who Refused to Abort Third Daughter

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AsiaNews is reporting that an Indian man stands accused of killing his pregnant wife whom he had beaten for refusing to abort their third child, who, like their first two children, was a girl.

After tests revealed that the unnamed woman would have a girl, “Prakash Chair told his wife last Tuesday to have an abortion,” AsiaNews reported. “When she refused, he beat her.”

Rushed to the hospital by neighbors the woman died from her injuries the following day. “Prakash has been arrested, but he denies ever approaching a hospital to determine the sex of the foetus,” according to the story.

The backdrop, of course, is sex-selection abortion. Although ultrasound screenings are against the law in India, the laws are routinely

flouted. There are now only 914 girls for every 1,000 boys, the worst sex imbalance since the country’s independence in 1947.

The story extensively quoted Dr Pascoal Carvalho, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

“The deep-rooted social evil of gender prejudice in India leaves 600,000 Indian girls missing every year,” he told AsiaNews. “Women have been

under tremendous pressure to produce male heirs,” because boys “are seen as wage-earners and future family leaders and traditional inheritor, while the threat of the infamous dowry system adds to the belief that baby girls are a burden.”

The recent case of an Indian man accused of killing his wife who refused to abort their third daughter has sparked outrage and brought attention to the persistent issue of gender-based violence and discrimination in India. This tragic incident sheds light on the intersection of gender bias, reproductive rights, and the value of female lives in certain societal contexts.

Gender-based discrimination and son preference remain deeply entrenched in parts of Indian society, despite efforts to promote gender equality and women’s rights. The preference for male offspring is often rooted in cultural and traditional beliefs, leading to practices such as sex-selective abortion and female infanticide.

In this particular case, the accusation against the husband underscores the extreme lengths to which some individuals may go to enforce their preference for male children. The alleged act of violence against the wife for refusing to terminate her pregnancy reveals the devastating consequences of deeply ingrained gender bias and the subjugation of women’s autonomy.

Furthermore, the incident highlights the broader systemic failures that perpetuate gender-based violence and discrimination in India. Inadequate access to education, economic opportunities, and healthcare exacerbate gender disparities and contribute to the devaluation of female lives. Additionally, the prevalence of dowry-related violence and other forms of domestic abuse further underscores the vulnerability of women in Indian society.

Addressing the root causes of gender-based violence and discrimination requires comprehensive efforts at the societal, institutional, and individual levels. Legal frameworks must be strengthened to ensure accountability for perpetrators of violence against women, and law enforcement agencies must be equipped to effectively respond to cases of gender-based violence.

Moreover, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through education, economic empowerment, and awareness-raising initiatives is essential to challenging entrenched gender norms and fostering a culture of respect for women’s rights and dignity. Additionally, efforts to improve access to reproductive healthcare services and promote reproductive rights are crucial in empowering women to make autonomous decisions about their bodies and pregnancies.

In conclusion, the case of the Indian man accused of killing his wife who refused to abort their third daughter is a tragic reminder of the pervasive nature of gender-based violence and discrimination in certain societal contexts. It underscores the urgent need for concerted action to address the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women and to promote a culture of respect for women’s rights and dignity. Only through comprehensive efforts at multiple levels can we hope to create a society where every individual, regardless of gender, is valued, respected, and treated with dignity and equality.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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