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A pregnant mother is recovering in hospital after her Indian in-laws poured acid on her bump after a prediction it would be a girl.

The 27-year-old victim – named as S Girija by police in Nellore, eastern India – collapsed in agony when her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law poured a powerful acid on her baby bump to kill them both, reports The Daily Mail.

Investigators believe that the women were attempting to kill both Girija and her unborn child after an astrologer said she was expecting a girl.

Police have confirmed the victim’s mother-in-law is on the run, but her husband and his father, who were not named in reports, have been arrested in the attempted murder investigation.


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Girija already has an 18-month-old daughter and police believe she was attacked to stop her husband fathering a second girl.

The attack came just days after the victim’s mother-in-law had consulted a fortune teller over the baby’s gender, according to local reports.

Medics say she has severe burns over 30 percent of her body.

A senior officer told local media: ‘We are waiting for chemical analysis report. It appears that they mixed a chemical in kerosene and poured it over her.’

‘We are on the look-out for Girija’s mother-in-law.’

Many Indians from rural or traditional backgrounds believe female children are worth less than boys.

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  • I suspect they need to get away from other members of their family too…..if they survive physically. The emotional damage will be horrific too.

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  • This is barbaric. Just because an astrologer says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. I hope the mother and unborn child will be okay. Maybe the father should be given a vasectomy.

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  • This shows what a third world country believes – and they have a nuclear bomb!

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  • What loonies! I hope the mother and baby will be ok in the future.

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  • OMG this is just a disgusting incident. That poor woman. We are certainly lucky to live in a country where women/females are valued. Their ideology is just sickening and criminal. What a horrible environment to grow up in.

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  • WTF – jeezzz they should be counting their blessings. Boy or girl, who cares, as long as its healthy. I hope both mum and bub are ok, and healing way way away from any other crazy people!!

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  • How horrific! I can’t believe anyone could do that.

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  • Would love to know if the mom and bub are ok.
    Praying for them and wishing them a better future.

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  • Sadly enough this is happening every day !!
    And that based on the prediction of a fortune teller !!

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  • Atleast they are alive there are worse cases like drowning the new born in milk… burning the women alive for bringing less dowry….
    When it comes to misfortunes and disasters like Murder,harrassment,rape,discrimination its always women in the recieving end… all lost and helpless…

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  • The general public should be informed that it’s the HUSBAND’S chromosomes ‘XY’ who will determine the sex of unborn child. Mother has XX. So if the ‘Y’ of the father’s is attached to the ‘X’ of mum’s, then they we ill have a baby boy!! Hope the aggressors are brought to account of their actions.


    • It doesn’t work like that…
      Its always considered boys are more worthy as it is expected of them to take care of parents…
      And there is dowry…
      Actually women are doing this to girl babies when don’t think they will not be there if their family decided to kill them when they were babies…

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  • And what I the Astrologer was wrong??? I can’t believe they would go to such great lengths – murder! Just to satisfy their ‘wants’. Hope they both recover – and get as far away as possible from the in laws!

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  • disgusting catch them and treat them with the same chemicals

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  • That is absolutely horrible. I hope the woman and baby are fine. I hope the police catch the hotrible mother in law. A baby is a blessing no matter of the sex.

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  • Absurd! Sometimes I can’t actually believe that these things happen around the world. But they do! :-(

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