Husband kills wife for male child ?


Did pressure to deliver boy kill mother of 2 girls?

24-yr-old housewife’s body found near Badlapur railway tracks; victim’s kin allege in-laws tortured her as she couldn’t deliver a boy after being made to undergo family planning operation.

MUMBAI: A Mulund-based family has accused its son-in-law and his family of murdering its 24-year-old daughter. According to the Jadhavs, Sangeeta, who is survived by two daughters aged 3 and one and a half years, had recently undergone tubectomy with her husband’s consent. But her in-laws, who are based in Vangani, threw a fit when they found out about the surgery and threatened to get their son married the second time as Sangeeta had failed to give them a male heir.

Sangeeta went missing on April 20 after she left her husband’s home in Ulhasnagar for work. When she did not return, her family lodged a missing complaint with the Hill Line police on April 21. The same day, Sangeeta’s body was found near the railway tracks between Vangani and Badlapur stations in the jurisdiction of the Badlapur East police. Unaware of the missing complaint lodged at the Hill Line police station, the Badlapur police sent the body to the mortuary of Central Hospital in Ulhasnagar. The fact that the victim’s face was severely damaged and no document was found on her body made it difficult for the police to establish her identity.

Nearly nine days later, Sangeeta’s family learnt about the body kept at Central Hospital. As the victim’s face was mutilated and there were injuries on her body, Sangeeta’s family identified her through her dress and ornaments.

Sangeeta’s mother Kamala told TOI, “Though she had informed her husband about the tubectomy, his parents turned him against her as they wanted a son.”

Sangeet‘s elder brother Ganesh said, “We felt something was amiss as one of our relatives had spotted Sangeeta with her husband on the day of her disappearance. I am sure Sangeeta’s husband killed her.”

“We can’t book the victim’s husband and her in-laws in a murder case only on the basis of her family’s allegations. We are waiting for the post mortem report to take further action,” said Suresh Angadi, senior inspector of Badlapur East police station.

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