Acid thrown on pregnant woman’s stomach to kill female foetus

Nellore, Andhra Pradesh: A pregnant woman in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore is recovering from burn injuries after an acid attack by her in-laws. The attack on Girija came last month after an reportedly astrologer assured her mother-in-law that she was carrying a girl.

thrownS Girija, 27, already has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

The police said after the astrologer’s prediction last month, her mother-in-law and sister-in-law had decided to kill her and eventually threw acid on her stomach on August 19. She sustained 30 per cent burns and is yet to heal.

The woman was rescued by her neighbours, who took her to hospital.

It is not yet known what kind of acid was used to target her. Tests are on to establish it. The open sale of acid has been banned by an order of the Supreme Court, but rampant violation happens across the country.

The matter came to police’s knowledge on August 26. The police have registered a case of attempt to murder against the in-laws. Girija’s husband and father-in-law have been arrested. A senior police officer told NDTV, “We are waiting for chemical analysis report. It appears that they mixed a chemical in kerosene and poured it over her. We are on a look-out for Girija’s mother-in-law.”

In Nellore, 939 girls are born for every 1,000 boys – much below the normal ratio at birth.

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