An Indian woman was beaten mercilessly by her in-laws and her only ‘crime’ is giving birth to a female child. The shocking assault was caught on tape and has been shared online, causing outrage.
In the disturbing clip, the woman, who has been identified as 35-year-old Meena Kashyap, can be seen screaming in anguish as she’s beaten with hockey sticks by two men. The men are reportedly her brother-in-law and one of his friends. The sad incident occurred last week after her husband’s family found out she had made a previous violence complaint in April, local reports say.
According to reports, Meena, from Patiala, Punjab, gave birth to a girl but her husband’s family refused to accept the child, hence the beatings. Meena and her husband were already involved in a dispute over a dowry of 700,000 rupees (£8,300) that was given by her parents to her new husband’s family at their wedding. When she gave birth to a daughter, it angered the family even more, so they assaulted her.
Charges are being brought against her husband Daljit Singh, his brother Kamaljeet and the friend identified as Gaurav. The charges against them include ‘trespassing’ and ‘voluntarily causing hurt’. The victim’s father told local news outlets:
“We had complained about the issue last year itself but nothing was being done regarding that. They have been married for the past two years now and have a girl child. Their family asked for 700,000 rupees for dowry.”
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