Pregnant Woman Battered for #Dowry and Refusing #Sex #Determination Test

26 November 2014, Mumbai

31-year-old Deepali Pawar who is two months pregnant was so badly beaten up by her husband and mother-in-law , she is hospitalized. They wanted her to have a sex determination test, which she refused, because they didn’t want her to give birth to a girl, since her first child was a girl. They also wanted Rs 10 lakhs in dowry from her to buy an apartment, which her parents could not give. Often there are “punishment” dowry demands from women who have given birth to girls. Women who refuse to undergo sex determination or abort females, are often subject to extreme violence as “punishment,” often to force a miscarriage.


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