female gendercide, and how prevalent it is in China and India, Taiwan, Pakistan and South Korea. But it's not just in those countries that females are so devalued they wind up dead, pre or post-birth. And it's not just baby girls that are targeted for death- a mother that gives birth to too many girls can wind up losing her life, as well.
That's what allegedly happened to a woman in Afghanistan, but as with most stories out of those regions the details can differ quite substantially. What we do know is that a woman was strangled by her husband, with the help of her mother-in-law, because she failed to give birth to a boy. However, this is where the stories vary: they have her age ranging from 22 to 30 with most claiming she was killed after bearing a third daughter, although several mention it was a second baby girl. Storay or Storai had given birth to a daughter two or three months ago, which so infuriated Sher Mohammad (her husband) that she was apparently tortured and then strangled with a rope. Wali Hazrata, mother-in-law from hell, tried to make it look like a suicide, but the police claim her body had been brutalized, so suicide was ruled out. Hazrata was subsequently arrested as an accomplice. Of course, the cowardly husband, a suspected militia man, has disappeared.
Hazrata denies killing her daughter-in-law, and police are searching for Mohammad. He is believed to be in hiding with local militia which means he probably will never be found, and therefore not prosecuted.
Tragically, she had told her family that she might be killed if she had another daughter. Perhaps they didn't take those threats to heart because men simply take on new wives if one of them is unable to bear sons.
Thankfully, the baby girl was not killed.
Ironically, it's the man that determines the gender of a child. He should have strangled himself.
Sources: UK DailyMail, NY Daily News, NY Times, Al Arabiya