Shahjahanpur, April 10: A woman here had both her arms broken, reportedly by her husband and in-laws, for having given birth to only girls. The incident has been reported by The Times of India from Babra village of Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Rekha Devi was allegedly not allowed to speak to her parents, who live in Lakhimpur Kheri district, either. The 29-year-old woman has been married to Shailandra Kumar for the past eight years and they have three daughters.

Rekha gave birth to the third girl just a few months ago and the harassment allegedly began soon after. On Sunday, April 8, when her parents visited her and saw her condition, they took her to a hospital before filing an FIR against her husband and in-laws. As per the complaint, Rekha was physically abused by the family on March 30. She was roughed up and as she attempted to shield herself from the attack, both her hands got fractured. The complaint has been registered against Rekha’s husband Shailandra, brother-in-law Vishendra,father-in-law Dataram and mother-in-law Reshma Devi. They have been booked under Section 325 of IPC (causing grievous harm to someone) apart from other relevant sections of the Dowry Prohibition Act and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

Following a medical examination, Rekha was sent back to her parents’ house instead. Sindhauli police station in-charge Rajveer Singh said, “The woman has suffered serious injuries and we are waiting for the medical report. Action will be taken against the suspects once the reports are in.”

Data says last year, the district alone had registered 45 dowry deaths. As far as female foeticide is concerned, the state cuts a sorry figure. Just last year, the Yogi Adityanath government had launched the ‘mukhbir yojna’ to curb female foeticide. Under the scheme, anyone reporting the involvement of a doctor or other medical staff in female foeticide was to be given cash incentives.