On September 20, Uttar Pradesh police arrested 43-year-old Pannalal in Budaun district after he slit opened his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle to know the baby’s gender. While his wife, who was in her seventh month of pregnancy, survived the horror with critical injuries, the baby died. The couple already had five daughters, and Pannalal was keen on having a boy.
A week after, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was brutally raped by four upper caste men in Hathras district in UP. She died in a Delhi hospital on September 29.
According to the victim's family, the police put pressure on them to cremate her body immediately. When the family refused to do so, the police forcibly took the body in an ambulance to her village and cremated her past midnight. The police even kept the family and media away from the funeral pyre.
All this is happening amid the fanfare and hullabaloo by the government over one of its flagship schemes ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save girl child, educate girl child) scheme which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched in Panipat, Haryana, in 2015.
You have to be a Premium Subscriber
Start your subscription with a free trial
thefederal.com and thefederal.com and many more features.
plans start from Rs. 99