A 43- year-old Indian man, sliced open his pregnant wife’s stomach in a bid to confirm the gender of their unborn baby.
The man identified as Pannalal, who was subsequently arrested by the Police,attacked his pregnant wife Anita Devi on Saturday night at their home in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun district, leaving her in a pool of blood after being told by a priest that she was expecting another girl.
According to Times of India, the victim’s family said the suspect already had five daughters and was desperate for a son.
Confirming the attack, Civil Lines Police Station SHO, Sudhakar Pandey said the couple got into an argument after a priest prophesied that their next child would be a girl.
Pravin Singh Chauhan, a senior police official, said the woman, who was around seven months pregnant, was rushed to the hospital, where she later gave birth to a stillborn baby boy.
Pannalal claimed he did not hurt his wife intentionally. He reportedly admitted he threw the sickle at her but said he had not intended to injure her so seriously.